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Ocean Planet Vendée Globe Update:
Monday April 11, 2005
From the hills in California…

Life on land…

Hi everyone. You haven’t heard much from me lately, but a lot has been going on behind the scenes for the future of Ocean Planet and myself. More than I can tell you in these updates, but here are some important things to know:

Maine’s Dodge Morgan is one of my heroes, as he is the first American to sail solo nonstop around the world in 1985. I could go on at length about him, but here is a great article that talks about his achievements:

I’m proud to announce that Dodge has joined our Board of Directors of The Made in America Foundation. He will be helping to steer us into the future, to meet our goals of supporting American solo racing as a platform for education and for promoting the importance of looking after the Ocean Planet that belongs to all of us. We will be working to inspire young Americans, and to bring them into direct contact with the ocean in different ways. We have our work cut out for us but we CAN do it.

Dodge replaces retiring Director Eric Jungeman of Infomatrix-USA who has been a tremendous asset for the Foundation and for myself since the beginning. Thanks to Eric for all of your help!

So OK, do you want to see some of my videos from the race and hear some sea stories? Here is where I’ll be in the next couple of weeks:

April 14-15: I’m doing two shows in Portland, Oregon… the first is an all day seminar on the 14th, then my video/slide show on the 15th: http://www.sailpdx.com/

More here from the “Oregonian”

April 13-17 (Strictly Sail boatshow in Oakland, CA): I’ll be rushing from Oregon on the 16th back to Oakland for the Strictly Sail show. I’ll be at the MAS Epoxes/Ocean Planet booth for a few hours on that afternoon and then Sunday (the 17th) I’ll be doing a show at 2pm. $20 for adults, kids free!

April 21: One of the most beautiful places on the water on San Francisco Bay is the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon. I had the honor of a standing room only crowd when I spoke there after the 02/03 Around Alone race. So NOW, after finishing the Vendee Globe I am especially excited to be showing my new presentation there on Thursday, April 21. This should really be a special and fun evening, so sign up early!

See you there?

Other news stories recently out:

Story on City of Oakland website: Oakland sailor home…

“Top 10 toughest endurance races” on Forbes.com: Top ten toughest….

Story in Oakland Tribune: Story by Angela Hill.

Article in “The Log”: Story by Michael Harris.

Great story about two super helpers! Corey & Heather.

That’s probably more that most of you have time to read…. and I need to keep editing my slide show, so that’s it for now!

-Bruce “The older I get, the faster I WAS….” Schwab


Bruce Schwab, Skipper
USA 05/Ocean Planet


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