Bruce Schwab Talks About Solo Sailing
It also turned out that being a rigger and lifelong boatyard flunky was the perfect training. I didn’t realize it, but my whole life I’d been training to do the [Vendée] race. Playing around with engines a little bit, doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that, knowing just enough to get into trouble with any facet of the whole thing.
On Dodge Morgan
Dodge Morgan became a spiritual and psychological supporter. Dodge carries a bit of gravity here in Maine and he was at a lot of our functions. I learned a lot from him, too — he’s very thoughtful and he doesn’t miss a beat. He’s a sharp guy, and to have him say things on my behalf — and have him put his “Dodgeness” to my benefit — was a lesson and a compliment.
I could never do what Dodge did — sail around the world for the heck of it. I would go insane. It has to be a race. There have to be other boats — you have to know who you’re ahead of and who you’re behind. You have to have a reference point, psychologically.
Maine is conservative in some ways — it’s reserved, but not conservative ideologically. It’s a very open place, and that’s very important to me. There’s more room to maneuver, and because there’s more space, there’s more opportunity. You can connect with people faster here because there aren’t the crowds around certain players. And you never know for sure who you’re talking to.
There’s a lot of value in Maine on individual competence and everyone working together. Everyone shares. Maine’s not full of loners, but full of people who do their own thing and then share it with each other. And there’s a big maritime background. Sailing is respected here.
I think the perfect way to succeed is to do a Maine-built boat. It could be a focal point for the industry here. It would be good advertising for the state and good on the technological side, because that type of boat construction is where Maine is headed. If we go out and are competitive, it will really pump it up. Then we can really get the ball rolling.
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