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Brad Van Liew

Extreme Solo Sailor
Country: USA

Keynote speaker Brad Van Liew is an extreme sailor and one of very few people who have raced by sail around the globe alone. He has battled extreme weather, emotional despair and extreme hardships in his various excusions and he has an impressive charisma and ability to share his experiences and advice for people in order to improve teamwork, leadership and overcoming hardship.

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More people have traveled in space than have raced by sail around the globe alone.  Only 15 Americans have done so. The keynote speaker Brad Van Liew is one of them. In fact, he is the only American to ever finish three solo races around the globe, racking up more than 120,000 miles across oceans.

At 50, Brad is America’s undisputed #1 extreme solo sailor.  He competes in – and has won – the world’s toughest single-handed around-the-world races. Each event requires courage, grit and relentless determination as Brad weathers solitude, sleep deprivation, sparse living conditions, monstrous waves and hurricane-force winds.  Between adventures, he fascinates audiences with his true adventures. He demonstrates how the human spirit triumphs over the most daunting threats of nature, and shows how everyone can benefit from the experiences of extreme athletes.


Speeches Tailored to Your Audience

Our speaker Brad Van Liew loves to share stories of his adventures on the world’s wildest oceans.  He is a gifted and charismatic speaker who has presented to groups as diverse as Sun Microsystems, Wells Fargo, Honeywell, Young Presidents Organization, the American Heart Association, schools, and private yacht clubs.

Brad customizes each speech to the precise needs of clients, turning his amazing personal stories into inspiration for people in any walk of life.  Topics often include leadership, teamwork, following your dream, discovering hidden strengths, preparing for anything, and overcoming both physical hardship and emotional despair.  Listeners walk away convinced that they, too, can accomplish great things.


The Latest Adventure

The sought-after speaker Brad Van Liew recently completed his third solo race around the world, leading the ECO 60 fleet of race boats on every ocean sprint to win the VELUX 5 OCEANS® race.*  He sailed a recycled boat, using every solar and hydro-generating resource he could muster to avoid the use of fossil fuels. He has shared his journey with fans worldwide via websites, blogs, newspapers, broadcast media and social networks.  Brad is currently campaigning to break several trans-Atlantic sailing records and a 24-hour speed record with a team sponsored by Maserati.


Career Highlights

  • Record Breaking Campaigns, Team Maserati, 2011 – Ongoing
  • Winner, VELUX 5 OCEANS race 2010-11
  • Winner, Around Alone Race, 2002-03
  • Third Place, Around Alone Race, 1998-99
  • Executive Director – So. Carolina Maritime Foundation, 2004-09

    Keynote by Speaker Brad Van Liew


    • Motivating yourself and others to achieve extraordinary goals


    Keynote by Speaker Brad Van Liew

    Discovering & Maximizing Your Strengths

    • A chronological look at Brad’s journey to discover his best suit


    Keynote by Speaker Brad Van Liew

    Teamwork Across Borders

    • How one man inspired his employees to be passionate, selfless, and results driven in their positions, despite often being separated by oceans


    Keynote by Speaker Brad Van Liew

    Chasing Your Dream

    • A real-life tale of planning a route to, and ultimately achieving, your passion


    Keynote by Speaker Brad Van Liew

    Preparing Yourself for Anything

    • A young father’s balancing act – risking his life but in a responsible way
    • Exploring the intense detailed preparation that prevents mistakes


    Keynote by Speaker Brad Van Liew

    Sleep Management

    • Push yourself to the limit – yet stay efficient enough to survive


    Keynote by Speaker Brad Van Liew


    • Find financial backing for extreme sports — and keep sponsors happy


    Keynote by Speaker Brad Van Liew


    • Building the fastest boats in the world
    • Nonstop satellite communication from the most remote regions of the planet
    • Dissecting weather imagery and using it for your own purpose – speed or safety
    • Renewable energy solutions that improve our environment
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