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Schwab finishes 22 days out of first place

Updated: February 25, 2005, 6:28 PM ET
Associated Press

Sailing to the finish line in a burst of golden sunlight, Bruce Schwab completed his around-the-world solo trip on France's Atlantic coast Friday, brimming with gratitude but troubled by one question: How to foot the bill for this great adventure?

After 109 days at sea, the sailor from Oakland, Calif., became the first American to finish the Vendee Globe, the world's most grueling yacht race.

Hampered by a shoestring budget, Schwab came in ninth place among 20 boats, arriving ...

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