Charleston skipper returns after ocean race

A boat race around the world stops at the Charleston Harbor and a very familiar name is leading the pack.

Mt. Pleasant resident Brad Van Liew is back in town. The Charleston skipper pulled into Seabreeze Marina and won the fourth leg of the Velux 5 ocean race and he says he's not through yet.

"I've been able to win every leg so far and so right now the big thing for me is make sure I get to the finish line in one piece," Van Liew said.

When asked what the toughest part of the race has been, Van Liew says it wasn't that hard to reach his family back in Charleston.

"The satellite communication obviously helps a lot especially being a dad you know i try to stay in touch as best," Van Liew said.

Weather also came up as another obstacle that the skipper had to overcome.

"This leg actually became a lot more difficult then what I would've expected. There was a huge amount of thunderstorms," Van Liew said."The hard thing for me was thunderstorm after thunderstorm with the big sails up, just trying to keep in the game without losing touch."

The last leg of the race starts in three weeks which takes place in France.

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