Michael E. Bruce graduated from Brown University with a degree in Economics and minors in Mathematics and Engineering. After a tour as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Special Forces Officer in Vietnam, Mr. Bruce took a job as Captain of Tradewind, a privately owned 56 foot schooner in Marblehead. He fell in love with the town and its yachting history. Wanting to afford his own position there, he joined the corporate world, spending thirty years in the CAD/CAM industry. Along the way Mr. Bruce participated in many yachting events. He starting racing 5-0-5's which he had learned several years earlier and later bought a C&C 35, Mirage, which he still owns today. He has raced, cruised and delivered innumerable boats. He has chartered ten times in the Caribbean. He has also managed a yacht regatta and several yacht campaigns. Now out of the corporate world, he is able to devote himself to his love of yachting.
His biggest strength is navigation. He was an early implementer of LORAN and GPS, but also was fascinated studying celestial navigation and owns his own sextant. He generally prefers using NOAA charts and paper plotting, using the other techniques as backup.
Maintaining his own boat for 30 years, he has learned how to fix all the systems that can possibly go wrong with a sailboat. He is adept with engines, both gas and diesel, electronics, water systems and marine heads.
Captain Bruce is a member of Old North Church and the Marblehead Yacht Club. He has lived in Marblehead for over thirty years and has two teenage children.
He has a USCG 100 Ton Near Coastal License with Sail Endorsement.