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Starting Line Sailing, Inc. is a portfolio of companies with 60+ employees and 6+ locations – all with a focus on helping grow sailing by making it accessible for everyone.

Zim Sailing, founded in 2008 and based in Bristol, Rhode Island, is North Americas largest manufacturer and distributor of small sailboats. They produce popular dinghies such as the C420, 420E, FJ, and Optimist under the Zim Sailing brand. With over twenty-five years of experience, their craftsmen build boats to the highest standards with exceptional attention to detail in their 40,000 square foot facility. Their product range includes trusted brands like North Sails, Optiparts, Harken, Ronstan, and many more. The Zim team is well known around the country while providing charter boats, parts, gear, and reliable service at all the premier regattas.

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Founded in 2005 and based in Portland, Oregon, West Coast Sailing is one of North America’s leading marine retailers, focusing on the dinghy racing and small keelboat market with an emphasis on e-commerce fulfillment and providing industry leading customer service. They distribute for trusted brands like RS Sailing, Hobie Cat, Gill, Rooster Sailing, Dynamic Dollies, Harken, Ronstan, New England Ropes, and many more. They offer a full service rig shop to build one design and custom rigging and have a long history of community support via sponsorship of regattas and organizations.

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Located within the Zim Sailing warehouse in Bristol, Rhode Island, Dwyer Mast & Rigging manufactures high-quality aluminum spars at realistic prices. Originally founded in 1963 as Dwyer Aluminum Mast Company, the legacy continues by taking advantage of improved manufacturing methods to offer a wide range of sailboat spars, hardware, and rigging. They are an OEM producer for several boat builders and offer products direct to sailors.

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