2010 Velux 5 Oceans: So Long, Cape Town

The fleet departs South Africa, bound for Wellington, New Zealand, on Leg 2 of their 30,000-mile journey. Photos by Ainhoa Sanchez/VELUX 5 OCEANS Follow the racing in our Finish Line forum.

20101216 Ainhoa Sanchez/VELUX 5 OCEANS Free for editorial use image, please credit: Ainhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com American Brad Van Liew gets underway, onboard his yacht Le Pengouin, for the second leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS; Ocean Sprint two from Cape Town to Wellington. He will brave mountainous seas and vicious winds on his own as he sails through the infamous Southern Ocean in the Ultimate Solo Challenge. Brad Van Liew is a self proclaimed adrenaline junkie with a vast array of extreme sports behind him. A lifelong sailor, Brad had set his heart competing in the BOC Challenge, which would in 2005 be renamed the VELUX 5 OCEANS and in 1998 his dream was realised when he competed in the Around Alone finishing third in class two. Brad lives in Charleston, South Carolina, USA and his new yacht Le Pingouin, which he bought in France last year, has a rich racing pedigree. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route takes the sailors from La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, Charleston and back to La Rochelle for the finish. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com/velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or call her on + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For content related enquiries contact info@w-w-i.com on call +44 (0)845 900 2 900. This image is copyright Ainhoa Sanchez/VELUX 5 OCEANS. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of this image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact info@w-w-i.comAinhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com
20101216 Ainhoa Sanchez/VELUX 5 OCEANS Free for editorial use image, please credit: Ainhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com Canadian Derek Hatfield gets underway, onboard his yacht Activhouse, for the second leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS; Ocean Sprint two from Cape Town to Wellington. He will brave mountainous seas and vicious winds on his own as he sails through the infamous Southern Ocean in the Ultimate Solo Challenge. Derek Hatfield is Canada's most experienced offshore solo yachtsman with a podium finish in 2003 in the VELUX 5 Oceans (formerly called Around Alone), he also competed in the 2008 Vendee Globe and has over 90,000 miles of offshore experience. Derek, from Aurora, Ontario, Canada, a former Canadian Mounted Policeman, has plastered the cockpit of his Eco 60 yacht Activhouse, with the names of every single person who helped him in his campaign. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route takes the sailors from La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, Charleston and back to La Rochelle for the finish. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com/velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or call her on + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For content related enquiries contact info@w-w-i.com on call +44 (0)845 900 2 900. This image is copyright Ainhoa Sanchez/VELUX 5 OCEANS. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of this image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact info@w-w-i.comAinhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com
20101216 Ainhoa Sanchez/VELUX 5 OCEANS Free for editorial use image, please credit: Ainhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com American Brad Van Liew gets underway, onboard his yacht Le Pengouin, for the second leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS; Ocean Sprint two from Cape Town to Wellington. He will brave mountainous seas and vicious winds on his own as he sails through the infamous Southern Ocean in the Ultimate Solo Challenge. Brad Van Liew is a self proclaimed adrenaline junkie with a vast array of extreme sports behind him. A lifelong sailor, Brad had set his heart competing in the BOC Challenge, which would in 2005 be renamed the VELUX 5 OCEANS and in 1998 his dream was realised when he competed in the Around Alone finishing third in class two. Brad lives in Charleston, South Carolina, USA and his new yacht Le Pingouin, which he bought in France last year, has a rich racing pedigree. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route takes the sailors from La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, Charleston and back to La Rochelle for the finish. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com/velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or call her on + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For content related enquiries contact info@w-w-i.com on call +44 (0)845 900 2 900. This image is copyright Ainhoa Sanchez/VELUX 5 OCEANS. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of this image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact info@w-w-i.comAinhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com
20101216 Ainhoa Sanchez/VELUX 5 OCEANS Free for editorial use image, please credit: Ainhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski gets underway, onboard his yacht Operon, for the second leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS; Ocean Sprint two from Cape Town to Wellington. He will brave mountainous seas and vicious winds on his own as he sails through the infamous Southern Ocean in the Ultimate Solo Challenge. Zbigniew Gutkowski is one of Poland's best known and most experienced sailors with a wealth of offshore and inshore racing and has clocked up ore than 100,000 miles in his bid to become the first Polish sailor ever to race solo around the world. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route takes the sailors from La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, Charleston and back to La Rochelle for the finish. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com/velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or call her on + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For content related enquiries contact info@w-w-i.com on call +44 (0)845 900 2 900. This image is copyright Ainhoa Sanchez/VELUX 5 OCEANS. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of this image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact info@w-w-i.comAinhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com
20090627 © onEdition/w-w-i.com Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition/w-w-i.com Brad Van Liew in chats to VELUX's Anne-Marie Hasselbalch in Cape Town. Brad Van Liew is a self proclaimed adrenaline junkie with a vast array of extreme sports behind him. A lifelong sailor, Brad had set his heart competing in the BOC Challenge, which would in 2005 be renamed the VELUX 5 OCEANS and in 1998 his dream was realised when he competed in the Around Alone finishing third in class two. Brad lives in Charleston, South Carolina, USA and his new yacht Le Pingouin, which he bought in France last year, has a rich racing pedigree. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route takes the sailors from La Rochelle to Cape Town, then onto Wellington, Salvador, Charleston and back to La Rochelle for the finish. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to http://www.w-w-i.com/velux_5_oceans_2010_race/ For media enquiries contact: Sarah Hames at: shames@velux5oceans.com or call her on + 44 (0)7813 009 783. For content related enquiries contact info@w-w-i.com on call +44 (0)845 900 2 900. This image is copyright onEdition/w-w-i.com. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of this image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact info@w-w-i.comonEdition/w-w-i.com