VAN LIEW CHRISTENS BOAT
Sole US Entry in the Velux 5 Oceans, Race Brad Van Liew, christened his new a few weeks ago – with the same name.
Brad Van Liew, winner by a huge margin of the 2002-03 Around Alone race has a new project. That’s not really news, Team Lazarus, as his project is named, has been in full swing for a while now getting him ready to race in the Velux 5 Oceans Race beginning this October.
Van Liew is missing one major piece of the puzzle to do this race for the third time – a corporate sponsor to name the boat and brand some 8,000 square feet of space onboard. Van Liew’s ‘ECO 60′ is a fast, high-tech, carbon fiber racing yacht, designed for singlehanded, transoceanic racing. This was the boat of French solo racer Catherine Chabaud who christened the boat “Le Pingouin” – for the birds that she would see as she passed remote places in the desolate Southern Ocean. The yacht has been registered with that name ever since and has been adopted by Van Liew as well.
A large race boat is an effective mobile billboard and the media exposure over the 9 months of the race, through locations on 5 continents in premium markets around the world, should be exceptional. Of course, offshore racing is tough in the US and sponsors today are few and far between.
Van Liew has done this race twice previously when it was named Around Alone. He placed 3rd in class in the ’98 event, and dominated his class in the ’02-3 race, setting records for every leg. What if Van Liew doesn’t secure a title sponsor before the October start? “I’ll just rely on my amazing team, stalwart supporters, the great sponsors we’ve already partnered with, and the thousands of volunteers and donors that have brought me this far, and we’ll go win another one.”
When Van Liew finishes the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 race, he will become the first American in history to officially finish three solo round-the-world races. Companies supporting Van Liew’s campaign include B&G, Simrad, Gill, Samson, Awlgrip, Harken, High and Dry Boatworks, West Marine, Alpine Aire, Detyens, CMMC Machine, Charleston Rigging, Pierside Boatworks, Seabreeze Marina and many others.
For more information on Brad’s upcoming adventure – visit OceanRacing.org.
VELUX 5 OCEANS – The Ultimate Solo Challenge
The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the Ultimate Solo Challenge, the ultimate human endeavor. More than 500 people have been into space, less than 180 have sailed round the world solo, and only 73 skippers have finished the VELUX 5 OCEANS. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon 30,000-nautical mile circumnavigation. The race, run every four years since 1984, has a rich heritage which has given rise to some of the world’s best sailors. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is not only the longest round the world yacht race but at nearly 30 years old is also the longest running. Always at the forefront of ocean racing innovation, the 2010/11 VELUX 5 OCEANS will see the premiere of the Eco 60 class of yachts, pushing a message of sustainability, accessibility and affordability.