Would you like a new carrying bag? A cute, sturdy bag made in America out of sailcloth?
I thought you would. So when Meredith of True Wind reached out to me about mentioning her wares on the blog, I thought, sure! I will review and photograph the bag and give it away to my friends!
Why this giveaway, in particular? What is better than a classic aesthetic with a back story? Wearing our history and imagination along with our gear?
Sailing, for example. I’d never call myself a sailor, per se, and yet I’ve been on boats far more often than statistically likely. Memories flash like a catch of fish on the deck.
My family moved to London for year in 1968. Transportation? The QEI’s final eastward voyage. When we returned, and spent a summer on Cape Cod, Mom signed us up for sailing lessons at the Wianno Yacht Club. Us 12-year olds got to sleep over on an island one night, and eat pancakes on the sand in the morning. There must have been plates. Over the years I’ve vacationed in the San Juan Islands, on a fishing boat in Greece, on catamarans off Kauai. I even had an uncle who lived on a sailboat.
To say nothing of the Swedish Archipelago.
But right now I crave the nautical tropics. Let’s imagine a wood bench, shaded by bamboo. Towel, book, sunglasses and sunscreen in a water-resistant bag, you wait to be picked up by dinghy. Days spent on the ocean, in the sun, as civilization and its discontents seep weakened from your bones.
(We won’t let the reality of my overgrown backyard, a self-timed camera or the wood bench I received for my 40th birthday, intrude on our daydreams. We know better.)
The bag brings other memories to mind. All the grassy sidelines. You’ve been there. I’ve carried so many bags to so many fields and parks. Doesn’t being a good mother in some ways depend on your carrying capacity? I remember vividly sitting in this foldout Target chair, watching my son play soccer. One year his team won the high school league championship. I had to jump out of my seat.
Let’s return to the present. This giveaway is also about the quality of wear. The fit and the finish. Don’t you love this fastener thingie?
And that my mother would term this bag Very Good Looking? It’s one big hold inside, which I prefer to sorting through compartments.
The small Sailor Tote goes for $155 on the True Wind website. But please enter here to win this one, all for the price of a comment. Tell us a story of time on the water. We will define water broadly, oceans, lakes, ponds, pools. Bathtubs. Puddles. Very broadly. Then stop by the site or Facebook page, please.
I’m giving away the red bag with navy stripes. But I suppose if you liked other colors, you could always go buy one here.
Thank you Meredith. Wishing you all good outcomes in your business. Takes a lot to run a company. You have my full respect.
NOTE: I forgot to tell you two things. First, I will choose a winner Sunday afternoon and announce it Monday morning. Second, please make sure you’ve left a valid email address. Thanks for the great response.
And Kathryn, I am so sorry to hear about your house.