American sailor takes lead in round-the-world race

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Ocean racer Brad Van Liew sailed into Cape Town to claim victory in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. The 42-year-old from Charleston, S.C., blasted across the finish line Sunday in Table Bay in South Africa.

There were emotional scenes on the dock as Van Liew was reunited on the dockside with his wife Meaghan and two children Tate, 7, and Wyatt, 6. Stepping off Le Pingouin for the first time since leaving La Rochelle on Oct. 17, Brad said: "It feels great to be in Cape Town. Four weeks door to door is pretty good, as good as I could have hoped for. I wasn't sure when I left France exactly what my motivations were for doing this race but now I know - I'm having fun."

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