Sendoff celebration for S.C. sailor's around-the-world race

Brad Van Liew is leaving for a 30,000 solo around the world sailing competition.

Brad Van Liew, the only American entered in the solo around the world Velux 5 Oceans Race will be celebrating his sendoff today at the Seabreeze Marina.

The Bon Voyage event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults, and $10 for teens. Children under 12 years old are free.

Funds will support the only U.S. team entered in this epic 30,000 mile solo adventure. The Velux 5 Oceans Race, the oldest single-handed round-the-world yacht race, starts October 17th from La Rochelle, France.

You can check out the entire race route here, learn more about Van Liew from this fantastic profile, and follow along with Van Liew's Lazarus Project here