Sea Bags, LLC Launches Sailing Team

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Team to compete nationwide and year-round, and promote process of recycling sails

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Since the beginning of Sea Bags, we’ve supported sailors and the sport of sailing, but we always dreamed of one day having our own team that would sail with Sea Bags branded boats and help promote the process of recycling sails.

Sea Bags (http://www.seabags.com), designers and manufacturers of handmade items from recycled sails, has announced the formation of its own Sailing Team, which will represent several one-design classes, and compete in events in North America, all year-round.

While Sea Bags has a long history of supporting sailing regattas and sailing teams, including the 2015 J/24 World Championships, 2009 J/24 Nationals, 2013 J/24 North Americans, the Offshore New England Championships, and the 2007 Horton/Nichol Olympic Campaign, this represents the first time the company has curated its own racing fleet to sail under the Sea Bags’ brand.

Beth Shissler, chief sustainability officer at Sea Bags, says: “Since the beginning of Sea Bags, we’ve supported sailors and the sport of sailing, but we always dreamed of one day having our own team that would sail with Sea Bags branded boats and help promote the process of recycling sails. This summer, that dream has come to life.

“Each of the sailors on our team has pledged to be a pillar of sportsmanship, environmentally conscious, a brand and sport ambassador, and competitive in their class,” Shissler added. They’ll help promote Sea Bags and our value of recycling and sustainability, as well as the sport of sailing. We couldn’t be more proud.”

Carter White, Team Manager, and skipper of one of the boats says: "This is a dream partnership with Sea Bags. Our teams get to compete in some of the best races in the sport, which is what we love to do. This opportunity and platform also allow us to help the environment by promoting sail recycling, while at the same time raising awareness for the Sea Bags company and its sustainability messages."

The Sea Bags Sailing Team will participate in events year-round. Upcoming events include:

  •     August 1 - 2 | Northeast Regional Championship | J/24 | Carter White | Atlantic Highlands, NJ
  •     August 6 – 9 | J/22 Canadian Nationals | J/22 | Travis Odenbach | Oakville, ON, CAN
  •     August 14 – 16 | MS Regatta | J/24 Women’s Team | Erica Beck Spencer | Falmouth, ME
  •     August 28 – 30 | ONE Regatta | J/24 Women’s Team | Erica Beck Spencer | Marblehead, MA
  •     September 10 - 13 | North American Championship | J/24 | Carter White | Falmouth, ME
  •     September 10 - 13 | North American Championship | J/24 Women’s Team | Erica Beck Spencer | Falmouth, ME

For a full events schedule, see http://www.seabagssailingteam.com/team-schedule and to learn more about the teams and follow their success, see http://www.seabagssailingteam.com

Sea Bags products are available online at http://www.seabags.com or at one of its five retail locations in Portland, ME, Freeport, ME, Cape May, NJ, Rockport, MA and Chatham, MA.

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About Sea Bags:
Founded in 1999, Sea Bags started by making fun, functional and stylish totes from reclaimed
sailcloth in the historic Old Port district of Portland, Maine. Today, the company makes a
diverse line of totes, bags, and home goods, all featuring material from sails that were once actively used. The extensive use of reclaimed sailcloth is unique to Sea Bags. Signs of hard sailing can be seen in every Sea Bags creation, making them as individual and unique as their owner. To learn more about Sea Bags and the stories their sails tell, go to http://www.seabags.com, visit them at 25 Custom House Wharf in Portland, Maine or at their retail stores in Freeport, ME; Cape May, NJ; and Chatham and Rockport, MA.

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