MEDIA ADVISORY – EVENT NOTIFICATION
VENDEE GLOBE RACER OCEAN PLANET AND SKIPPER BRUCE SCHWAB TO DEPART FOR FRANCE ON SATURDAY
Portland-area yachting fleet expected to accompany departure out Portland Ship Channel
DATE OF EVENT: September 18, 2004
TIMES: 12:30 p.m.: Pre-departure interviews at Portland Yacht Services, 58 Fore Street, Portland ME
2:00-2:30 p.m.: Departure, fleet sail-by, Bug Light to Portland Head Light
SPECIAL NOTE: Press boats will be available to accompany Schwab as far as Portland Head Light, departing from Portland Yacht Service at approximately 1:50 p.m.
The Vendée Globe is the world’s most challenging and extreme sailboat race – indeed, the world’s most challenging and extreme sporting event, period. Around the world, alone, non-stop and without any assistance.
There is only one American entered in the race: Bruce Schwab. He’s a veteran singlehanded racer. His highly innovative boat, Ocean Planet, was designed specifically for this race.
After months of preparation in Portland, the boat will depart for France and the race start this Saturday, where Ocean Planet will undergo final preparations.
250 – 300,000 fans are expected to watch the Vendée start in November. Worldwide TV, sports pages, and Internet sites will provide constant coverage to millions more.
For more information, log onto bruceschwab.com, or to preview videos of Bruce Schwab visit thecoastofmaine.com. For a preview of the Ocean Planet education site see http://www.oceanplanet.org/.
Bruce Schwab, Skipper
USA 05/Ocean Planet