Zim Sailing, based in Rhode Island, provides one-design sailboats, parts, accessories, and services to the North American market. The principals of our company are lifelong sailing enthusiasts with boat building experience spanning over 40 years.
We engage in grass roots youth development of yacht club junior sailing programs, community sailing programs, and high school and collegiate sailing programs. Zim Sailing can be found at regattas around the country, providing support with charter boats and onsite sales and service.
Our mission: Provide high quality products at an exceptional value to the small boat sailing market.
Our production facilities in both the United States and Asia help us achieve our mission by spending a great amount of time and care in the production of each boat. With over twenty years of experience, our factories and their craftsmen allow us to ensure that our boats are built to the highest standards possible. This exceptional attention to detail, using the finest materials available, results in an extremely high quality product at a more favorable price to the consumer. Learn more about our manufacturing process here
We have searched the globe to source the best equipment available for our boats. Our suppliers include trusted brands like North Sails, Optiparts, Harken, Ronstan, and many more.
The Zim Team
Zim Sailing is focused on youth sailing because we care about growing the sport. As lifelong sailors we have benefited from our experience in the sport. It is our goal to help grow the sport by producing quality products at exceptional value for the small boat sailing market. Our management team of sailors knows the importance of product performance, reliability, and value for the money.
Steve has been a part of the sailing world since a very young age, building and racing Tornado catamarans starting in his early teens. With over 20 years experience building boats, including ten years with Vanguard Sailboats, he's been able to apply his engineering background to build high quality and durable products. His passion for sailing, both as a participant and a manufacturer, keep him focused on finding ways to support and grow the sport.
Bob Adam is the VP of Sales. Bob has been in the marine industry for many years to include positions at Doyle Sails, North Sails, Vanguard Sailboats and Laser Performance. In addition, Bob has spent a number of years coaching High School, College and several off season clinics for Optimist sailors on Narragansett Bay. Bob has won several local, regional and national championships in several one-design classes. Bob can be seen at many youth regattas throughout the country. In his spare time he loves sailing around Narragansett Bay on many of the Zim boats. He and his wife Stephanie have 2 children, Bradley and Grace.
Paul grew up sailing recreationally on Narragansett Bay and didn’t catch the racing bug until joining the University of New Hampshire sailing team as the race captain and keelboat skipper. Paul has coached junior sailors at the Bristol and Barrington Yacht Clubs in Rhode Island. He worked as a rigger at Hall Spars before coming to Zim and applying his experience to the small boat market. He also enjoys sailing offshore and is a licensed captain.
John grew up racing on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and served as team Commodore of the UNH Sailing team. John has spent time coaching junior sailing in both Kentucky and Maine, and also enjoys offshore sailing, having a transatlantic and numerous deliverers to the Caribbean and back under his belt. John is excited to help grow sailing through his work at Zim. Look for him at championship events across the country driving our giant charter trailer!
Nate joined the team in 2013 as a sales and marketing executive. A native of Barrington RI, Nate grew up sailing and racing around Narragansett Bay. He brings a variety of experience to Zim, everything from coaching and managing sailing programs, to working in retail sales and internet marketing. An avid skier and sailing enthusiast, Nate looks forward to bringing his passion to others in the industry, and helping grow the sport of sailing.
A Southern New Englander at heart and native of Mystic CT, Chris grew up junior sailing on Fisher’s Island Sound. Prior to graduating from the University of Connecticut, he attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he sailed on the dinghy team. Having coached and raced both locally in New England and internationally, Chris is excited to share his enthusiasm for the sport with others who visit Zim’s headquarters in Rhode Island and at charter events around the country.
Laura, a Severna Park, MD native and lifelong sailor, grew up competing in primarily dinghy, one design, and more traditional classes such as the Penguin and Star boats. She studied Corporate and Organizational Communication and was a member of the Varsity Sailing Team at the College of Charleston. Previously, she worked for the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association as their Communication, Media Relations, and Marketing Director, providing her the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of roles within all areas of the international sailing community. In 2015 she won her first major event, the 2015 International Lightning Class World Championship and continues to compete at the championship level in several different classes. In April 2016, Laura joined the Zim team as Marketing and Sales executive.