Bruce's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Aussie Girls

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Portland, ME

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

BRUCE SCHWAB

Sailing Racer
Bruce Schwab Energy Systems

“If achieving the big goal taught me anything, it's that these little things are the most important.”

INTERESTS:

Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Determination Experience Exploration Failure Fear Fulfillment Goals Opportunity Pride

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative Working with Others

TAGS:

achievement, attitude, boat, characteristics, commitment, daily grind, in the moment, learning, mentality, music, ocean, outsider, partying, racing, sailing, school, skills, training, Vendee Globe, well rounded

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Had an “unconventional” upbringing: sailed with his dad for three years, lived on a boat through high school, became “the boat kid.” “Didn’t last long” in college, was distracted by his love of sailing; dropped out, started working at a rigging shop.
  • Saw his dad getting into solo racing, kept making suggestions; dad said, “Fine, why don’t you try it?”
  • Entered his first solo race and won the whole thing.
  • Worked at a rig shop, tangential to his passion, but 9-to-5 lifestyle didn’t suit him; needed one big goal, “needed something to happen.”
  • Decided to make that goal the Vendee Globe, a non-stop race around the world that no American had ever finished.
  • Prepared for the race for five years; didn’t win the race, but finished, which was momentous; governor of Maine declared a “Bruce Schwab Day.”
  • Now that he achieved that goal, he’s still trying to figure out what to do next, working on the guitar tunes he’s been wanting to learn.

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