VELUX 5 OCEANS skipper Brad Van Liew has sailed into the history books rounding the iconic Cape Horn solo for a third time. The 43-year-old veteran ocean racer is the only American ever to race round the notorious landmark single-handed three times.
Brad was the first of the VELUX 5 OCEANS skippers to round the Horn after setting sail from Wellington, New Zealand, on February 6 bound for Punta del Este in Uruguay. The current leg front-runner and overall race leader is now heading out of the Southern Ocean for the first time in almost three months. Brad has around 1,300 nautical miles to sail through the South Atlantic to Punta.
Feared and respected by sailors for its extreme weather conditions, Cape Horn lived up to its reputation battering Brad and his Eco 60 Le Pingouin with huge seas and storm-force winds. But as Brad approached the famous landmark at around 2230 UTC on Monday night the wind dropped and seas abated, providing him with a perfect view of Cape Horn.
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