Charleston man wins world's longest yacht race

Charleston is home to the world's fastest solo sailor.

Brad Van Liew, 43, won every leg of the Velux 5 Oceans, the world's longest yacht race. Van Liew completed the 3,600 mile final sprint around the world from Charleston to La Rochelle, France in 12 days, 23 hours and 52 minutes.

Van Liew also swept every leg of the race in 2002/2003. He holds the distinction of being the only person in the race's 29 year history to make two clean sweeps of all legs of the race.

The Charleston native also made history south of Chile. During the race Van Liew raced solo around the southernmost tip of South America, Cape Horn. This made him the only American to accomplish this feat three times.

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