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Van Liew Breaks Multiple Records with Velux Win

Congratulations to Brad Van Liew on this amazing accomplishment! American ocean racer Brad Van Liew sailed over the finish line of the Velux 5 Oceans and into the record books on Friday, winning every leg of the 30,000-mile challenge for … Continue reading

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And They’re Off! Final Leg of Velux Kicks Off from Charleston

The four Velux 5 Oceans solo skippers showed just how fired up they are for the climax of the round the world race, all crossing the ocean sprint five start line within seconds of each other. It was more like … Continue reading

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Chat with the Velux Skippers Via Webcam

If you missed your chance to chat with the Velux 5 Oceans skippers in Punte del Este, have no fear, as the opportunity is coming again. Fans will get another chance to ask their favorite skippers questions in the latest … Continue reading

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Van Liew in the Home Stretch of Leg 4-Literally!

The pressure to protect his lead in the race to his hometown is mounting for VELUX 5 OCEANS skipper Brad Van Liew as ocean sprint four enters its final stage. Since March 26th,  the 43-year-old American has dominated the 5,700-nautical … Continue reading

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Velux Skippers Generate Their Own Power

While we cruisers might not be sailing at quite the same caliber as these round-the-world racers, we can still learn a thing or two from their commitment to living “off the engine” and using sustainable practices. The Eco 60s competing … Continue reading

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Hatfield Ends van Liew’s Winning Streak

Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield has moved one step closer to shooting up the VELUX 5 OCEANS leaderboard after winning the Ocean Sprint 4 timed run. The expert solo sailor, a veteran of the 2002 VELUX 5 OCEANS (then known … Continue reading

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Van Liew Survives Hardest Sailing of His Life

After almost a day of being thrashed around the ocean, Brad van Liew recounts the hardest sailing he’s ever encountered: “I have just been through the worst sailing of my career. Seriously, I was almost ready to stop. The last … Continue reading

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Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 4 Off to Close Start

It was Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski who took an early lead over his race rivals as the fourth ocean sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS got underway from Punta del Este on Sunday. The 36-year-old former Polish national … Continue reading

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Mindbender

The basic rule of thumb is to carry main anchors that are equal in length to what? Hint: Check out the April issue of BWS. Send your answers to comments@cruisingcompass.com. A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will … Continue reading

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Velux Skippers Hold Regatta for NZ and Japan Earthquake Victims

There were plenty of healthy rivalries on the water in Punta del Este as the VELUX 5 OCEANS staged a charity regatta to raise money for the Red Cross Disaster Fund in support of New Zealand and Japan.

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Live Web Chat with Velux 5 Oceans Skippers

Fans of the Velux 5 Oceans are to get the chance to put their questions to their favorite skippers in a series of live web chats. Before the start of the fourth ocean sprint from Punta del Este in Uruguay … Continue reading

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History-Making Finish in Leg 3 of Velux 5 Oceans

The third ocean sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS came to the most incredibly thrilling climax on Thursday with Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski beating British rival Chris Stanmore-Major to second place by just 40 seconds. It is the … Continue reading

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All Velux Skippers Have Rounded Cape Horn

After almost three weeks at sea, the third ocean sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS is now firmly on the home straight towards Punta del Este and the battle for positions at the back of the fleet couldn’t be tighter. … Continue reading

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Van Liew Rounds Cape Horn Solo for Third Time

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 … Continue reading

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Mindbender

In light of the story about the Tiemessens’ request for a Naval escort through Pirate Alley, we want to know what you think. Do cruisers have the right to protection when voluntarily traveling in dangerous areas? Send your comments to … Continue reading

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Velux 5 Oceans Skippers Off from Wellington, NZ on Sprint 3

It was a wild, wet and windy start to the third sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS solo round the world yacht race on Feb. 6 as the four ocean racers blasted out of Wellington Harbor. Grey, drizzly conditions with … Continue reading

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Mindbender

Who won the first Velux 5 Oceans race, then called the BOC Challenge, in 1982-1983? Send your answers to comments@cruisingcompass.com. A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected at random from the correct answers. Hint: … Continue reading

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