We are thrilled to announce that Zim Sailing is now the exclusive importer of Fighter Optimists for North America! This top-of-the-line Optimist is brought to you by Slawomir Baranowski, the builder behind the original BlueBlue, BlueMagic, and Blue2 boats. The Fighter is his latest evolution of the racing Optimist, and is taking the European market by storm! The Fighter has been selected as the boat of choice for the Polish National Team, and was sailed by Team Ukraine to 2nd place at Team Racing Worlds last year (losing out to Team USA's raw talent). We have spent several months researching the best Optimist builders in the market, discussed options with the top coaches in the game, traveled to Poland to see the factory, and have determined that the Fighter will be a fantastic racing Optimist for our customers that are ready to compete at the top of the class.
Features of the boat include:
-Handcrafted with biaxial cloth to produce a superior, stiff hull
-4:1 Mainsheet System
-Double tapered sheet
-Spliced top blocks from West Coast Sailing Rig Shop
-Soft-attach forward hull-mounted block to allow for easy maintenance
-Swivel base with Harken 57mm Ratchet Block
-Athlete's choice of MK3 / MK4 / BlackGold Spars
-Athlete's choice of J Sail / OneSail
-Customized nonskid pattern to allow for smooth bailing while retaining grip when screaming downwind
-Flex Daggerboard (under 40kg) or Medium Daggerboard (over 40kg)
-Fighter Rudder + Tiller and Extension
In addition to crafting the world's best Optimists, Fighter is producing championship-level foils with two levels of daggerboard available. These are extremely high quality blades, handcrafted to a glossy finish level, fine trailing edge, and optimized bottom corners.
The Flex daggerboard is designed for athletes less than 40kg, and the Medium for those above.
The Fighter Rudder includes Optiparts fittings, tiller, and extension.