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September 28, 2005

As we look towards 2006 and future sailing races for Ocean Planet, would you like to have your own chance to sail or race on the only all-American Open 60? 

Haven’t you always wanted to see what its like? 

How would you like your skipper to be the American solo circumnavigation record holder? Learn hands on from Bruce, the only American to officially finish the Vendee globe: solo, unassisted, circumnavigation race of the globe. 

Now is your chance!

JOIN Bruce on a voyage to Florida, coastal trips,
or even race at

In late November, Ocean planet will will start her journey from Portland, Maine down the east coast with a final destination in Key West for the Key West Race Week. 

Various legs are available. 

Leg 1: 1000nm down the coast to St. Augustine Florida in late November (exact date will be tentative to a weather window). This will be serious ocean sailing where you can hone your own skills with Bruce on the boat that has twice circled the globe. There are only 3 slots open for this adventure. 

Leg 2: The next fun kicks off again in January (Tentative dates: Jan. 5th or 6th) when 3 crewmembers will join the boat in St. Augustine and head further down the coast to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Leg 3: It’s in Fort Lauderdale that the racing games begin. Here, 6 lucky people will join the yacht to crew in the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race on January 10th. This is usually an off the wind race, which is where Ocean Planet really shines! 

Main event: Do you like racing around the cans better? Well, join Bruce and Ocean Planet for the Key West Race January 16-20th. This is the 19th year for this race, which will see up to 350 boats hitting the start line among several divisions. You do not need to have grand prix racing experience to come aboard and have a go! (However, basic physical agility will be important) There will be several experienced sailors aboard, but be prepared to be part of the crew! Bruce is looking for 12 crewmembers to join him in this adventure! 

Have you always wanted to see what it’s like to be on an Open 60?
Well what are you waiting for!!! Contact us now and let’s go sailing! 

Portland Maine to St. Augustine:
Departs: Late November (weather permitting) from Portland Maine
Arrives: St. Augustine <1 week later
Berths Available: 3
Cost: $3500 

St. Augustine to Fort Lauderdale Florida:
Departs: January 6, 2006, St. Augustine Florida
Arrive: January 7, 2006, Fort Lauderdale Florida
Berths Available: 3
Cost: $700 

Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race:
January 9, 2006 Crew Training Day
January 10, 2006 Crew Registration and Skippers meeting
January 11, 2006 Race Start Day!
January 12, 2006 Awards presentation in Key West.
Berths Available: 6 

Cost: $1500 

Key West Race:
January (13?),14, 2006 Crew Training Day(s)
January 15, 2006 KWRW Crew Registration, Skippers Meeting and Welcome reception
January 16-20, 2006 Race in the 19th running of the Key West Race
With up to 350 boats hitting the start line within several divisions!
Prize giving and Evening Party held nightly.
Crew slots available: 12
Cost $2000 

Reserve your spot soon! 

In the case that crew positions become filled, a reserve list will be created. If any crewmember cannot join the yacht, a member from the reserve list will get the opportunity to take that spot. Note that Florida stopover intinerary may change due to draft/berthing restrictions. 

Bruce Schwab, Skipper
USA 05/Ocean Planet


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