Zim Sailing, of Fall River, Mass., builds 420s, Bytes, and Optimists, but the Zim 15, says Bob Adams, is the company’s calling. “This boat is about capturing a huge market of 20- to 30-year-olds,” he says. “It’s about getting them sailing again.”
Post-collegiate sailors are all about team racing, and the boat is built for it. The hull is quick, the pointy foils are responsive (and hard to scull), and the rubber bow bumper eliminates repair work from late dips gone bad. The boat empowers crews with many controls, including the “dangle pole,” which tweaks the jib leech. A fair comparison is drawn to the beloved, but dated, Vanguard 15.