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The four skippers: Chris Stanmore-Major, Derek Hatfield, Gutek and Brad Van Liew, with VELUX's Anne-Marie Hasselbalch at the end of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, in La Rochelle, France today.

The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The race is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. The 30,000 route takes the sailors from La Rochelle FR to Cape Town SA, then onto Wellington NZ, Punta del Este Uruguay, Charleston USA and back to La Rochelle FR, for the finish. For further VELUX 5 OCEANS images go to
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1.3 MB; 12th December, 2009; 4914 x 3468 pixels (W x H)

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All Images  Brad Van Liew  Chris Stanmore-Major  Derek Hatfield  ECO 60  Gutek  Maersk Line  Ocean Sprint 5: Charleston - La Rochelle  Open 60  Operon Racing  Race Finish  Sir Robin Knox-Johnston  Skipper  Southern Ocean  Ultimate Solo Challenge  USA  Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 Race  Zbigniew Gutkowski