American Brad Van Liew Wins 3rd Straight Velux Ocean Race Leg

Photo by: Ainhoa Sanchez/

Brad Van Liew, American Skipper of the 60 foot ocean racing yacht Le Pingouin became the first American sailor to round Cape Horn three times singlehanded.  But even more impressive is that he has won three consecutive legs in the Velux 5 Oceans singlehanded race.  In this most recent leg he sailed over 6200 miles from Wellington, NZ to Punta Del Este, Uruguay in just under 24 days.

The Velux 5 Oceans race started with 5 boats, and is now down to just 4 boats, but while Van Liew is running away with the overall points lead, three other skippers are keeping it interesting, fighting for 2nd place in this leg.  Canadian Derek Hatfield, Polish skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski and British sailor Chris Stanmore-Major currently separated by just 10 miles and expected in port this Thursday.

So what do you think Brad Van Liew is going to do after sailing alone for 24 days?  My money is on cold beer, hot shower, and a long nap.


What other sites are saying about Brad Van Liew Velux 5 Oceans Leg Win


BRAD VAN LIEW WINS VELUX 5 OCEANS OCEAN SPRINT THREE  The 43-year-old American crossed the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in his Eco 60 Le 


Van Liew wins leg 3 of Velux 5 Oceans race | The Post and Courier …

Mar 1, 2011  Ainhoa Sanchez / VELUX 5 OCEANS. American skipper Brad Van Liew is  Uruguay on Tuesday to win Sprint 3 in the Velux 5 Oceans race. 


Velux 5 leader Van Liew sailing to remote waters | The Post and …

Feb 12, 2011  Follow Brad Van Liew in the Velux 5 Oceans race 


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Feb 28, 2011  Velux 5 Oceans. The Ultimate Solo Change is unexpectedly returning  Brad Van Liew leading the regatta with Le Pengouin (Photo by Ainhoa : Velux 5 Oceans third sprint to Brad Van Liew

Mar 2, 2011 Brad Van Liew – Velux 5 Oceans’ Ainhoa Sanchez  Uruguay, in his Eco 60 Le Pingouin at 5.16pm local time (1916 UTC) to make it three wins 


My Sailing: Velux 5 Oceans: Brad Van Liew rounds Cape Horn

Feb 22, 2011  VELUX 5 OCEANS Skipper Brad Van Liew onboard his yacht,  to sail to reach the ocean sprint three finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay