About Bruce Schwab and OceanPlanet

Bruce Schwab is a lifelong marine services professional and two-time solo circumnavigator.

Bruce Schwab Ocean Planet

As an adolescent he spent two years cruising with his father and brothers. Afterwards, settling in Northern California he led the Rigging Shop at Svendsens Marine from 1981 to 2000

During this time he restored his 1930 30sq Meter “Rumbleseat” (now based in Tortola as “Diva”).

After winning many crewed, double-handed, and solo sailing races, including the 1996 Singlehanded Transpac aboard Rumbleseat, he retired from Svendsens to oversee the design & building of the all-American Open 60 OceanPlanet. After completing his first circumnavigation in the 2002/2003 Around Alone Race, he came to Portland, Maine to refit OceanPlanet for the 2004/2005 Vendee Globe Race (solo, nonstop, around the world).

On February 25, 2005, Bruce became the first American in history to officially finish the Vendee Globe with a time of 109 days and 20 hours. He held the American solo circumnavigation record until the 2016/2017 Vendee Globe when Rich Wilson finished in 107 days and 48 min aboard Great American IV also becoming the oldest skipper to complete the race.

Since then, Bruce has devoted himself to providing clients anywhere in the world with the best marine energy storage and charging systems.

Now living in the mid-coast town of Woolwich, Maine, Bruce is an avid bicycle racer and regularly plays his collection of acoustic guitars.

You can check out his blog posts from the Around Alone and Vendée Globe races here.