Van Liew sails victorious into Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Solo sailor Brad Van Liew has won the fourth sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans round the world yacht race.

The 43-year-old sailed into his home town of Charleston on Tuesday. After sailing more than 5,900 nautical miles from Punta del Este in Uruguay, Brad crossed the finish line in Charleston Harbor at 1658 local time following 23 days, 4 hours and 58 minutes at sea.

His victory makes it four wins out of four legs in the Velux 5 Oceans, a 30,000-mile single handed race around the globe sailed in 60ft yachts called Eco 60s. With one more leg to sail, Brad has a dominant lead at the top of the leader board.

Brad is a veteran of two previous Velux 5 Oceans races in 1998 and 2002, when it was known as the Around Alone. Brad won class two of the 2002 edition.

The race started in France back in October. Boats have been traveling up the Atlantic to Charleston before they finish the race back in France.

Information provided by Velux 5 Oceans