Carter has been sailing his whole life. Hailing from Portland, Maine, Carter is an All-American from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and has won various National Titles in a variety of one-design boats. Carter is comfortable sailing anything from a Laser to a 65' sloop and has raced them all successfully.
Tactician: Michael McAllister
Michael is a partner at Port City Legal--a law firm in Portland, Maine. Michael is passionate about the law as well as racing sail boats. A bit newer to J/24s Michael has been learning rapidly over the past two years by driving a J/24 on Wednesday nights out of Portland Yacht Club.
Mast: Emily Egan
Emily is currently a teacher in Southern Maine and is the Program Director of the Junior Sailing Program at the Portland Yacht Club. Emily has been sailing J/24s for the past few years out of PYC.
Bow: Molly White
Molly (the better half) is the team organizer, bow gal and glue that holds it all together. Molly has been racing since high school and mostly got her experience on J/24s and larger boats. She has been foredeck/bow crew on a variety of boats and currently is splitting her time between the J/24 and a Frers 41' called Kaos.
Skipper: Will Welles
Will Welles is on a hot streak, in the last 12 months Will has won the J/24 National, World and Mid-winter Championships. Will also splits his time with a variety of one-designs as a North Sails One-Design professional. Will has been racing the J/70 since its inception and is the 2014 J/70 Chesapeake Bay & Bacardi Cup Champion.
Will's crew for the J/70 consists of a variety of talented sailors and sailing professionals. Often you might see John McCabe, Rich Bowen, Carter White, Geoff Becker, Tim Healy or other fast sailors on the boat.
J/24 Women's Team
The Sea Bags Women's Sailing Team Story:
When Erica proclaimed she wanted to sail the 2018 J24 world championships with an all women's team, it got some attention - and was the catalyst for what would soon become the wait for it... women's sailing team. Soon, Jess had jumped on board, they'd bought a boat, recruited the most amazing women they knew as crew, and were off to their first regatta – J/24 Mid-Winter Championships at Davis Island Yacht Club - in Florida. With the acquisition of a second J/24 on which they could practice, the ladies of USA 2918 solidified their spot as a team with lofty ambitions, and a knack for being not just a competitive boat, but one that could share laughs, inspiration, and good times with their friends and fellow sailors.
Our goals? The women of USA 2918 believe strongly in Sea Bags' mission to promote greener sail-recycling practices. In addition, the crew aims to encourage women of all ages and backgrounds to fall in love with sailing and empower themselves to be competitive in the sport. They hope that holding up these values will inspire others to do the same.
Skipper: Erica Beck Spencer
Erica was racing on a Friendship Sloop sailboat within months of being born. As a young person she was bow person on her dad's Sunfish before taking the helm and steering her vessel around the course herself. She taught sailing for ten years at various clubs throughout New England and truly embraced racing at the University of New Hampshire--finishing second in NE single-handed dinghy championship and being the first UNH team member to ever go to a National Championship. She grabbed the tiller as often as she was able to for the last 20 years but mostly crewed on Lightnings, Etchells, and J/24s. Becoming the skipper for Team Wait For It and tri-owning Side Hustle has been a dream come true. Erica's most prized aspect of her life is parenting her two children with her husband Hans, in Portland, ME.
Middle Goddess: Marina Carlson
Marina’s father taught her how to sail a Sunfish when she was 12 years old. During her first lesson, she and her dad got caught in a thunderstorm and had to be towed in – but that didn’t stop Marina from pursuing her love of sailing. She attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she spent four years on the varsity dinghy team. Marina lives in Boston, where she works for Harvard Business School’s Development Office, and has a fluffy black cat named Binx. She has run five half marathons to date, which she thinks makes up for all of the baking she does in her spare time.
Trimmer: Charlotte Kinkade
Charlotte’s first sail was skippered by her mother on the Sheepscott River, in a wooden beach pea that her grandfather made for her. She caught her love of racing sailboats while at SailMaine - where she would later coach junior sailing for eight summers - and continued onto the Race Team at the Portland Yacht Club. She attended Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, Maine and was Varsity crew and captain of her team, Spring and Fall, for four years. Charlotte attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland from 2008-2012, with fellow Sea Bags teammate Marina Carlson, while continuing to race big boats out of Annapolis, MD. Beyond J24 sailing, Charlotte was part of the youngest and also all-female Yngling Frostbiting team, Shake and Bake; raced Etchells in her local Fleet 27; and raced PHRF on a variety of very fast, big boats. After college and a stint of backpacking through Europe, Charlotte returned to SailMaine to be the head coach of Yarmouth High School sailing, and the assistant coach at Cheverus High School.
Charlotte loves maintaining boats almost as much as she does racing them and is ecstatic to be co-owning the good ship Side Hustle with teammates, Jess and Erica. She is now a project coordinator for a New England based natural gas contractor, and can often be spotted out on the Lindsey Lord doing Race Committee with her brown spaniel, Sophie.
Tactician: Kim Calnan
A late bloomer, Kim got her start sailing at the University of South Florida. With a love for the water and her competitive spirit, Kim fell in love with the sport and it wasn't long before Kim was traveling with the team and sailing on several other boats outside of college sailing. After coaching on Nantucket for four years and spending her winters home in Tampa, FL, Kim has returned to New England as a permanent resident of Newport, RI working as the Office Manager for Quantum Sails. If the women of 2918 had their way she'd be living in Maine, but Newport was as far north as this Florida native was willi ng to venture. Besides sailing Kim enjoys a good game of kickball, surfing, and spending time laughing with friends.
Bow: Jess Harris The daughter of a professional boat builder, Jess grew up on boats and started sailing at an early age. She raced out of Chapoquoit Yacht Club in West Falmouth, MA and entered every regatta possible in the Beetle Cat, Sunfish, Laser and 420 classes. She admits to focusing on grass-based sports in college such as lacrosse and rugby and missing out on some precious years of "free" sailing and coaching. It wasn't until after staying in Boston to complete graduate school and moving to Maine that she got back into serious racing again. Jess is an IT Project Manager at L. L. Bean, Inc. and lives in Falmouth, ME. She races out of Portland Yacht Club mostly on J24s and has also been seen bending hardware on an Olson 30 and any other boat that needs a solid bow woman. Her rescued Newfoundland named, Pickle, is a real treasure.
Travis Kavanagh Odenbach grew up sailing in Rochester, New York where he currently resides and works. He bought his J/22 in 2008 and has competed in both the J/22 and J/24 classes for the last 5 Years. Sailing is Travis’s passion and his entire family grew up racing together. Travis has had a few different jobs in the sailing industry before ending up at Quantum Sails Rochester in 2015.
In the J/22 Travis has finished in the top 10 at Worlds twice and top five at North Americans twice. In the J/24 Travis won the North American Championship in 2011 and has been top 3 at North Americans twice since then. Travis also races on a Concordia 47 in Lake Ontario and on some Beneteau 36.7s and 40.7s.
When he is not sailing in competition he enjoys sailing his Moth which keeps him feeling like a kid!