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The boat was Bruce Schwab's Ocean Planet. In the summer of 2004, my wife and I were able to provide Bruce with some custom canvas products (the businesss that I'm in )for his boat, which at the time he was refitting over in Portland Maine. He was getting ready for the Vendee Globe which was to begin in November from Les Sable de Olonne. Well one thing led to another and after spending many long hours on this project getting the boat ready, he asked the two of us to be part of a 5 person crew to help him deliver the boat to France! Well he didn't have to twist our arms for long.....We reworked the next 4 weeks of our lives and after waiting for numerous Hurricanes and TS's to pass, we found the window to depart in early October. 5 of us was a real rush on that race horse.
It took us 11 days of non-stop sailing to get across during which time we encountered a couple of low pressure systems, 2 bumps with hidden objects at sea but most impressive .......28.4 on the GPS with 2 reefs in the main and #3 jib up!! Most of the time the breeze was over the stern quarters so it was like surfing a Lasar off the wind...finger tip control on the tiller.
Crossing the shipping lanes in the Bay of Biscay at night with wind on the stern at 17 knots was a super time. My wife and I were on watch together which was an opportunity of a life time. We also had the opportunity to get back to Les Sable for his finish in early Feb. I have to say that you you folks on the other side of the pond sure know how to throw a party when it comes to sailing. His finish was unbelievable in the early morning hours, light snow in the air, we RIB'd out to meet him a couple of miles off shore where the the finish line was.
As you can tell, I get pretty excited about this and could go on for hours.
Now, we are hooked for sure...thus the reason for getting our own boat which we purchased this past summer, ready for another adventure. She won't go quite as fast but non the less exciting.
Enjoy your ride on this boat. Who is her skipper? Are they getting ready for any races to come? The O60 class is an amazing sailing machine and the way they are set up, easier to sail than one thinks. It does take a special breed of person to endure. Hopefully you will be able to gain some valuable experience just being around such a dynamic individual....we sure did.
Last edited by telekitr; 11-10-2007 at 09:29 AM.