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American solo skipper Brad Van Liew has won the fourth leg of the Velux 5 Oceans Race, beating three other singlehanded Eco 60 ('recycled' IMOCA 60s) skippers into his hometown port of Charleston, South Carolina. If you think you've read a similar sentence involving Van Liew in recent months, you're correct: The 43-year-old Van Liew has swept every leg this race so far (and won his class the last two times that he competed in this race, back when it was known as the Around Alone).

Van Liew sailed his Eco 60 Le Pingouin some 5,900 miles from Punta del Este, Uruguay to his hometown waters, crossing the finishing line after 23 days, 4 hours and 58 minutes. Given his dominance in this race, there's zero doubt that Van Liew is an awesome singlehanded sailor—it would be great to see him have a shot at a fully funded Open 60 campaign, as he is one of a handful of American sailors who have the experience and skill to compete seriously on solo sailing's grandest stage, the Vendee Globe. Congrats to Van Liew, and stay tuned for more coverage of the Velux 5 Oceans Race as the rest of the fleet approaches Charleston.
Brad Van Liew onboard his yacht Le Pingouin at start of Ocean Sprint 4 from ÊPunta del Este, Uruguay to to Charleston SC, USA. - Velux 5 Oceans  Ainhoa Sanchez/Velux 5 Oceans

In the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), Team Telefonica have finally named their afterguard, specifically Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez—the Spanish duo that took second place in the double-handed, nonstop Barcelona World Race—with Martinez serving as skipper. In addition, the duo won a gold medal in the 49er class in the 2004 Games and a silver medal in at the 2008 Olympics; impressively, this will be their third consecutive VOR, after having sailed aboard Telefonica Blue in the last edition. 'The Volvo Ocean Race is the Formula 1 of ocean sailing,' said Martinez. 'It has the highest technology, the best boats, the best people there. So, [I'm] really looking forward to going there.' More inside.

Tech-minded sailors should check out Mikko Brummer's article describing how a Finn physically moves through the water, inside this issue. Brummer works at WB-Sails, and was involved in some Finn class sail-development work that required a 3D model of the boat's hull, cockpit, crew in order to more accurately simulate sail performance. While they were at it, the team added foils and created a series of really cool 3D images of the boat' underside. If you've ever been interested in learning more about how a boat's underbody profile and foil shapes affect her performance, this is an interesting read.

Melges 24 starting line action - Charleston Race Week Day 3  ©2011 JOY | U.S. Melges 24 Class Association

In domestic sailing circles, be sure to check out our wrap-up coverage of Charleston Race Week, as well as Joy Dunigan's image galleries of the regatta's Melges 24 and Melges 20 fleets. Also, US SAILING has nominated 16 American sailors to represent the U.S. at the Pam American Games, which will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico from Oct. 14-30. Sailing takes place in nine classes, four of which are Olympic classes. 'Our 2011 team represents the best in each one design class,' said Head Coach Leandro Spina. 'Many have won national and world championships and the all know what it's like to compete at the highest level of our sport. They have what it takes to bring medals back from Mexico.' Be sure to check out our coverage inside to see which sailors made the cut for this prestigious event.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew four for four
Velux 5 Oceans,
American solo sailor Brad Van Liew today made it an incredible four wins out of four legs in the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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Rainier Cup Regatta 2011 recap and results
Kyle Eaton,
Rainier Cup Regatta 2011 was held in Cascade Locks, Oregon during April 16th-17th.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Akilaria RC2 passes inversion test
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 skippers, Lionel Regnier and Pierre-Yves Cavan, successfully completed the GOR's mandatory 180° inversion test over the weekend on board their new Class40 Akilaria RC2 at the MC-TEC facility in Tunisia... [more]
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Wingsailed Optimist rig unveiled for 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Members of the Oracle Racing America's Cup team have been busy ahead of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, due to get underway at Auckland's Wakatere Boating Club which get underway tomorrow. Several members of the various America's Cup teams live in the Devonport area, and took the opportunity to develop a wingsail rig suitable for the Optimist.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ capsize AC45 in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand today confirmed that their AC45 had capsized in Auckland while training today. The one design wingsailed catamaran left the Viaduct Harbour just before 1000hrs this morning and returned soon after noon.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 start one month away
Audi MedCup,
There is only one month left until the start of the Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 and organizers are finalizing preparations. As did the Portuguese jewel last season, Cascais by Lisbon starts the season with the Trophy of Portugal running from May 16th - 22nd.... [more]
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Oakcliff Sailing Center's Team Quaglio sweeps ABC qualifiers
Diana Dozier,
Oakcliff Sailing Center's Mike Quaglio, Kyra Quaglio, and Mike Tolsma won the US Sailing's ABC Qualifiers this past weekend.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint four to Brad Van Liew
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad Van Liew has won the fourth sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans round the world yacht race... [more]
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A look at the Finn under the water
Mikko Brummer/WB-Sails,
Mikko Brummer from WB-Sails describes what was discovered in a recent Finn development cycle.... [more]
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Falling skies and active hurricanes
Keeping boaters aware of the need to make early preparations for the upcoming hurricane season is a tough job for the nation's boat owners group, BoatUS.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss set to finish Thursday
Barcelona World Race,
Hugo Boss is progressing at about nine knots into the western Alboran in the Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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Elvstrom/Zellerbach Regatta 2011 update from USA 4
Steve Bodner,
St. Francis Elvstrom/Zellerbach regatta seventy plus dinghies and boards packed the San Francisco city front course for 2 days of racing. The five fleets saw a building breeze and foggy conditions both days with racing in 15-25k and a raging ebb tide along the San Francisco city front... [more]
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Travemuende Week 2011 top class sailing with first rate ambience
Andreas Kling,
Diversity is the big bonus point of Travemuende Week. Like no other event, the regatta week at the mouth of the Trave River blends together summer festival and high-class sailing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ehman, Trouble, Reggio and more at 'Cup Chat'
Michelle Slade,
If there's one subject that America's Cup aficionados agree on, it's that the event is all about its personalities. Thursday night's shindig at the Golden Gate Yacht Club brought the point home in more ways than one under the guise of a US Sailing Speaker series program called 'Cup Chat'. Event pros Hartmann studios transformed the GGYC into a pseudo TV studio Letterman style..... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Van Liew's grand welcome
Team Lazarus/ Le Pingouin,
It has been a grueling eight months for American solo sailor Brad Van Liew in the Velux 5 Oceans, braving the elements at sea alone and pushing hard to bring home a win for the USA.... [more]
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World first for Yanmar in New Zealand
Connexion PR,
The three-masted barquentine Spirit of New Zealand is believed to be probably the world's busiest youth ship. Commissioned in 1986, the ‘Spirit' spends around 340 days at sea. In September 2010 ‘Spirit' commenced an 11 week refit in Whangarei New Zealand. Central to the repower was a new Yanmar 6AYM-STE (rated at 490 kW at 1900 rpm continuous).... [more]
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Sailor Joanne Abbott to win Syl Apps Special Achievement Award
John Kerr,
Sailor Joanne Abbott to win Syl Apps Special Achievement Award at the annual Ontario Sport Awards ceremony, in Toronto.... [more]
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Pan American Games - US Sailing's OSC nominates team
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has nominated 16 American sailors to compete at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico from Oct. 14-30.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Extreme 40's in Qingdao - Dean Barker reports for Nexus
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Qingdao on the recently concluded Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ finished second overall to Luna Rossa.... [more]
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Keep your butts out of the water
Boaters are keeping their butts out of the water - and we're not talking about the kind in swim trunks.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Series heads to Hyères, France
A field packed full of Olympians and World Champions will attend the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, France, the fourth regatta of seven on the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, from 22-29 April.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week - Day three Melges 24 images
Joy Dunigan,
Joy Dunigan shares a gallery of images with us from Melges 24 racing on day three at Charleston Race Week.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week - Day three Audi Melges 20 images
Joy Dunigan,
Joy Dunigan shares a gallery of images with us from Audi Melges 20 racing on day three at Charleston Race Week.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race skippers keen to cross finish line
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race duos on Hugo Boss and on Forum Maritim Catala are keen to cross the finish line later this week... [more]
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12th Annual Jackson Cup at Boston Yacht Club + Video
Leighton O'Connor,
Marblehead's, Boston Yacht Club played host to seven racing teams this weekend for their 12th annual Jackson Cup.... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada winners and trophies
Rich Roberts,
What's harder to win: an America's Cup or the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race?... [more]
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The new K3 International 14 - Proudly 'Made in Canada'
Sail-World Canada,
The Killing 3 International 14 or 'K3' is a new design from the drafting table of Canadian yacht designer Steve Killing. The boat that takes advantage of proven technology and best-in-class building techniques right here in canada. A great team of designers, builders and suppliers have collaborated to make the K3 a reality.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Scarlino images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Scarlino. Carlo Borlenghi shares this gallery of images with us of the racing action.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race final days for Hugo Boss
Barcelona World Race,
Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak should be having their last night in the Atlantic tonight in the Barcelona World Race, contemplating passing the Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean some time tomorrow, but the question for the Kiwi-Dutch duo is when?... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - Team Artemis wraps it up
Morgan Trubovich,
Morgan Trubovich updates us on Team Artemis and their final day in Qingdao for Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Light, shifty and unforgiving breeze costs lead
Emirates Team NZ,
Conditions were light for Day 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series China regatta. The breeze across the race course never got above four knots and was very shifty, the complete antithesis of the previous day's 30-knots gusts.... [more]
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MAISA Team Race Championship images
Allen Clark images,
MAISA Team Race Championship images by Allen Clark.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week Melges 24 day one images
Joy Dunigan,
Joy Dunigan shares this gallery of images with us from Melges 24 racing on day one of Charleston Race Week.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week Audi Melges 20 images
Joy Dunigan,
Joy Dunigan shares a gallery of images with us from Audi Melges 20 racing on day one at Charleston Race Week.... [more]
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Images of Qingdao: Heading down the mine on Day 3
Extreme Sailing,
It was a day collisions and capsizes on the Extreme Sailing course inside the seawall at Qingdao, China, venue for the so-called light air Olympics in 2008. Here's a galley of images of the day's action... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ leave Qingdao carnage in their wake
Warren Douglas,
Four yachts capsized and a major collision occurred as winds gusted to 30 knots on Day 3 of the Extreme 40 Series at Qingdao, China. Emirates Team New Zealand came through the day unscathed and retained the overall lead, extending to 134 points with second-placed Alinghi on 127.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Day 3: Carnage, Capsizes and Collisions + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Never in four years of the Extreme Sailing Series has there been so much drama in one day. In almost unprecedented conditions here in Qingdao, the public witnessed some extraordinary adrenalin fueled ‘stadium' racing, first witnessing a major collision between The Wave, Muscat (Oman) and Oman Air (Oman) at the first downwind mark of the first race, and four dramatic capsizes.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 carnage for Team Artemis on day three
Morgan Trubovich,
Team Artemis experienced the excitement of 'stadium racing' in their Extreme Sailing Series campaign today in the Chinese city of Qingdao. Morgan Trubovich recounts Team Artemis' third day at the event.... [more]
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