But being both an American and a big fan of cruising, I have to ask: How can you not want to stand up and high five Brad Van Liew. Perhaps the best known US solo sailor, in recent years, at least, Brad has just won his third ocean sprint in a row during this year's running of the Velux 5 Oceans Race. Aboard his Eco 60 Le Pingouin, he pulled into Punta Del Este, Uruguay, just after 5 p.m. local time on March 1, and en route became the first American to have raced round Cape Horn single handed, three times. Three times! And better than that, a day later, his closest competitors were still 200 miles from port!