Zach Mason
  © North Sails
Zach Mason, an experienced sailor and sailmaker, has joined the North Sails sales team in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Originally from Jupiter, FL, Zach will work closely with North's Mike Toppa and the entire Fort Lauderdale-based sail care team.

"Zach's background in both sailing and sailmaking is vast and very comprehensive," said Mike Toppa. "He has sailed on everything from J/22s to classic wooden boats. He has also been a sailmaker for more than five years so he has a lot of experience both repairing and building sails and he has worked on the sales side as well," Toppa continued. "He has a great personality and is very approachable which makes him a perfect fit in the South Florida market."

A junior sailor who cruised with his family throughout the Bahamas, Zach has raced on many one design boats including: Etchells, J/105s, Beneateau 36.7s, Melges 20s and J/22s. He has also raced on bigger PHRF boats, grand prix yachts, superyachts and classic boats. While on summer breaks from Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL, Zach campaigned a J/22 and was his college sailing team captain.

"I joined North Sails because I see it as a great opportunity to work with some very talented and experienced people like Mike Toppa," Zach said. "I want to continue my sailmaking career and when I learned there was a position open at North, I jumped at the chance to join the world's biggest sailmaker. I started just two weeks ago and I have already learned a ton and have been reading the North 'Blue Book' (North's internal handbook for sailmakers) to learn as much as I can about North technology and the products we sell. I've known Mike for a long time and I am excited to work with him and learn from him. He seems like a very genuine and honest guy and I look forward to a great relationship."

Zach will concentrate on the South Florida market combining his skills and knowledge to assist both racing and cruising sailors. "We welcome Zach to our team and we look forward to introducing him to local clients and potential clients," Toppa concluded.


  Mike Toppa
  © Meghan Sepe  Mike Toppa got into sailing at age 11 after he saw 12 meters at the docks in Newport, RI, “I went down the dock, ended up helping out and became the dock boy for Intrepid”.  His first time sailing was on their trial horse Constellation.  From then on, he wanted to learn how to sail and win the America’s Cup.  The following summer he took sailing lessons at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport and hasn’t given it up since!

Mike began working at North Sails in 1978 as a spinnaker designer, and in 1984 opened his own North Sails loft in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Currently focusing on superyacht, classic yacht and grand prix classes, Mike also has experience with America’s Cup sails, as well as the Swan and Melges 24 classes.

Mike has participated in seven America’s Cup campaigns as both a sailor and a sail designer, with two America’s Cup wins under his belt. Also completing numerous legs of the Whitbread/Volvo around-the-world races, as well as many World Championship titles in various big boat classes, Mike claims his biggest accomplishment is “getting his daughters involved in competitive sailing and enjoying it as much as I do.”

In his free time, Mike enjoys exercise, skiing, and helping out with the local junior sailing committee, “because of all the traveling I do, I like to spend weekends either staying at home or going with my daughters to their regattas.”