On Season 14 of Shark Tank, entrepreneur Tracy Slocum from Troy, New York pitches her company Pretty Rugged, a line of luxurious accessories designed for the great outdoors — blankets, jackets, capes, bags.
The Pretty Rugged blanket was originally designed as a boat blanket (it’s windproof and waterproof on one side, faux fur on the other) but can be used for any sporting or non-sporting event in the great outdoors (glamping, star gazing).
Slocum is the great-great-granddaughter of Captain Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail around the world alone in 1895.
Fun facts about Joshua Slocum (pictured above):
— In 1900, Joshua Slocum he wrote a book about his three-year journey, Sailing Alone Around the World, which became an international best-seller.
— In 1909, he disappeared while aboard his boat, the Spray.
— Despite being an experienced mariner, Slocum never learned to swim. (He was declared legally dead in 1924.)
— The Slocum River in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was named for him, and 100 years after his disappearance, he was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011.
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