Transforming retired sails for humanitarian aid.
Sail to Shelter is a not-for-profit organization, committed to creating a global circular economy for retired Grand Prix and elite racing sails. The biggest sails live and retire in port cities around the world. These masterpieces are constructed with highly technical materials made from aramid fibers like kevlar and carbon fiber. Some sails take up as many square meters as a soccer field. Racing sails have a short life because of the level of competition involved. Sail programs are tuned and reworked each season. Professional sails are stored in shipping containers and mothballed or tossed into a landfill.
Sail to Shelter was founded in 2020 following a mass exodus from overpopulated urban areas before, during, and after the pandemic. Our only clear instruction was to shelter in place. Angela had been sailing out of LA and living in a loft over Skid Row. The helplessness and fear around not having a place to isolate, or a private place to be sick privately changed Angela forever. What started as a backpack that could convert into a tent for at least a modicum of privacy, has evolved into refugee camps and community centers, custom-made for each situation.