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Bruce Schwab
Bruce Schwab

Bruce Schwab

Bruce Schwab Energy Systems

Portland, ME USA

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

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Bruce's work combines: Environment & Nature, Sports, and Working with Others

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Day In The Life

Sailing Racer

I provide marine services for boats and have circumnavigated the world on my own twice.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Had an "unconventional" upbringing: sailed with his dad for three years, lived on a boat through high school, became "the boat kid."

  • 2.

    "Didn't last long" in college, was distracted by his love of sailing; dropped out, started working at a rigging shop.

  • 3.

    Saw his dad getting into solo racing, kept making suggestions; dad said, "Fine, why don't you try it?"

  • 4.

    Entered his first solo race and won the whole thing.

  • 5.

    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."

  • 6.

    Decided to make that goal the Vendee Globe, a non-stop race around the world that no American had ever finished.

  • 7.

    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."

  • 8.

    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.