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Ocean Planet/USA 05 Update from Bruce Schwab:
Monday, July 19, 2004 

Upcoming Ocean Planet events and fund-raisers!

Ok, so the boat is in the water and soon she will be sailing. But it will be with our old sails, old boom, and without much of the equipment that we need for the Vendee Globe. Time is running out! So, we need to do what all good solo sailors do when they need to raise money…..


Party Number 1:
Bluegrass, Blues and More
Thanks to Super Teacher Glenn Dewell of Bain School!!
On the deck at Java Madness (Salt Pond Road, Wakefield, RI)
Wednesday, July 21, 5-9 p.m. (rain date: July 28th)

Celebrate the re-launching of Ocean Planet and Bruce’s Excellent (but rather scary) Adventure.

Facing fully sponsored foreign entries, Bruce is depending on donations to the Made In America Foundation and needs grassroots support to level the playing field. Find out more about Bruce at: http://www.bruceschwab.com/.

Bruce has been a friend of school children, devoting a great deal of time to them during the 2002-03 Around Alone race. Once again he will reach out to kids around the world as he races in the Vendee Globe. For more about Bruce’s education program go to: http://www.oceanplanet.org/.

Bruce is also a fine guitar player, and this event is an excellent way to celebrate the re-launching of Ocean Planet, whose unique design is expected to be especially suited for the Vendee Globe race. Any gratuities will be donated to the Made in America Foundation. 

Party Number 2:
Special Fund-raising Dinner at The Osprey Restaurant!
(thanks to “Revolution” skipper, Ed Rodgers!)

You are invited to join Bruce Schwab, GMORA (Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association) Racers, and other Mainers in support of Ocean Planet and Bruce’s entry into the 2004-05 Vendee Globe Challenge.

Come to Robinhood Marine Center and the Osprey Restaurant, July 30th for a lobster bake and cocktails. All proceeds to support the Made in America Foundation.

Evening Schedule:

5 – 7:00 p.m. – take a tour of Ocean Planet and see first hand what a cutting edge Open 60 racing sailboat is all about!

6 – 7:00 p.m. – cocktails in picturesque Riggs Cove and Robinhood Marine Center with Bruce and other guest skippers.

7 – 8:00 p.m. – down east lobster bake with all the fixin’s!

8 – 9:00 p.m. – a detailed and thoroughly engaging presentation by Bruce – what he has accomplished to get this far, and how he intends to meet the Vendee Globe Challenge head-on!

This will be a fun and educational evening. Step aboard the very edge of a racing sailboat design and see how a combination of wood and high-tech composites can come together to create one of the fastest sleds on the planet. Hear first hand what it is like to be alone at sea, in big winds and waves, racing at the very outer limits of human endurance. The Vendee is considered to be the most grueling competition in the world today. Competitors can not stop, nor are they allowed any assistance from outside the boat.

$100 per person – a donation to Made in American Foundation, Inc.

Attention GMORA racers: moorings will be available at Robinhood for the night of July 30th in preparation for the Seguin regatta the following day.

See you soon!

Bruce Schwab, Skipper
USA 05/Ocean Planet

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