|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.
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.