Our friends at Zim Sailing in Bristol, RI have announced a multi-year partnership as the exclusive importer and distributor of the Fighter Optimist Dinghy in North America. Zim Sailing, a subsidiary of Starting Line Sailing, Inc. and the largest small sailboat manufacturer and distributor in North America, adds the Fighter to its range as a top-of-the-line Race Opti.
Built in Poland by Slawomir Baranowski, the Fighter Opti is used widely on the European racing circuit, including by U.S. sailors when chartering. “As we set out to provide the best Optimist to the U.S. market, we spent several months researching, talking to top coaches and sailors, and discussing with the best boat builders in the business,” said George Yioulos, CEO of Starting Line Sailing, Inc. “I am confident that the Fighter Opti will be the perfect Racing Optimist for our customers and soon will be the preferred boat for young sailors who are ready and looking to compete against the best of the best.”
“Zim Sailing has a container of Fighter Optis headed to the shores of North America, with a complete charter fleet available for Opti Team Trials, and a second container is expected to arrive before summer,” said Josh Toso, Director of Marketing of Starting Line Sailing, Inc. “Zim Sailing is offering 50% off Zim Opti charters for those sailors who purchase a Fighter Opti. Fighter owners will enjoy exclusive and immediate access and availability to charter boats while being able to secure their discounted charters for the next few years.” For more information, visit zimsailing.com/fighter/ ■