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Bruce Schwab Talks About Solo Sailing

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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