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„Orange Bowl 2016”
January 07. 2017
Orange Bowl regatta which is one of the most prestigious international regattas that we used to sponsor happens December 26-30 every year.
Team Zoum sailors placed 1st in Red Fleet, 1st in Blue Fleet, top three Americans, three in the top five overall, and 1st and 2nd overall.

„Team Zoum sailors took 5 of the top 6 podium places at the 2015 USODA Spring Team Qualifiers”
October 12, 2015
ongratulations to Team Zoum sailor Justin Callahan who dominated the Spring Team Qualifier and led Team Zoum sailors to take 5 of the top podium places in a fleet of 252 boats.  The event was hosted by Sail Newport and saw winds over three days from 5 to 16 kts.  Justin took 1st place in the Blue Fleet and won 1st place overall in the Red, White, and Blue Championship.  His brother Mitchell took 4th overall and 2nd in the Blue Fleet. Stephan Baker took 5th overall and 3rd in the Blue Fleet.  Sam Bruce took 3rd overall and placed 1st in the Red Fleet.  His brother Jordan, took 6th overall and 2nd in the Red Fleet.  All are Team Zoum sailors !

„Team Zoum sailor Severin Gramm wins Pacific Coast Championship”
September 28, 2014
Congratulations to Severin who dominated the Pacific Coast Championships with 5 bullets and just 8pts… 18pts better than 2nd place.  “I felt good, got in the zone, watched my starts, avoided mistakes… things came together.  I’d like to thank my folks for all their support, Richmond YC for hosting us, and Team Zoum!”  This event had outstanding international as well as domestic competition including World Champion Singapore which gave a number of Team Zoum sailors the opportunity to measure the best.

„Congratulations to Team Zoum sailor Nick Rolaz for winning the Polish Championships and the Crewsaver Cup from approximately 450 sailors!”
September 21, 2014

„New England Championships were another opportunity for Team Zoum sailors to shine”
August 7, 2014
So many great sailors participated in this event with several Team Zoum sailors setting the competition bar high.  I’d like to extend special congratulations Mariner, Leopold, Stephan Baker who won his Fleet… You all set a great example about how hard work and goal setting is rewarded by success.

„Team Zoum sailors did great at the Bucaneer Blast Regatta hosted by Upper Keys Sailing Club”
February 9, 2014
This is many peoples favorite getaway.  While most of the USA was freezing, a group of sailors were taking in the sunrays in the wonderful Keys of Florida. Top female in the Championship Blue Fleet went to Team Zoum sailor Ella Marsden, 3rd place Red Fleet went to her sister Team Zoum sailor Emma Marsden, & White Fleet was won by Javier Garcon who has just graduated to the Championship Fleet following his class win at Orange Bowl Regatta.

„Team Zoum sailors win the Boomerang Regatta hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club”
January 26, 2014
One of the first opti events each year is the Boomerang Regatta hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club.  This is a terrific event for the start of the year.  This year 1st & 2nd in the championship Red Fleet was won by Team Zoum sailors Luke Welker and Stephen Streater.

„Team Zoum sailors win the 2013 Orange Bowl Regatta hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club”
December 30, 2013
One of the most important youth sailing events in the United States is the Orange Bowl Regatta hosted by several yacht clubs including Coral Reef every December.  This event is attended by approximately 650 sailors from 20 countries.  Team Zoum sailors have frequently excelled in this event along with most of the nations most competitive sailing regattas.


This year, Team Zoum sailors won both the Championship and Green Fleet events.  The overall winner was Ivan Shestopalov taking 1st American, 1st overall, & 1st Red Fleet awards.  Team Zoum sailor Javier Garcon won the Green Fleet with fellow Team Zoum sailor winning 3rd.  Way to go Team!

„Team Zoum sailors win the 2013 Junior Olympic Sailing Festival hosted by US Sailing Center”
December 8, 2013
Team Zoum sailors dominated the JO, taking 1st & 2nd in the Championship Fleet, and 1st in the Green Fleet at the 2013 Junior Olympic Sailing Festival hosted by US Sailing Center in Martin County, FL this weekend. Team member Ivan Shestopalov was 1st overall and 1st in the Red Fleet, Severin Gramm was 3rd in the Red Fleet, Jordan Bruce was 2nd overall and 1st in the Blue Fleet, Ella Marsden was 2nd Female and took 4th in the Blue Fleet, and Mateo Farina put in an impressive 9th place finish in the White Fleet after graduating from the Green Fleet where he was National Champion.  Newest team member Stephan Baker won 1st place in the Green Fleet following his 2nd in the regional Miami Halloween Howler and 3rd in the US Sailing JO River Romp!  Baker joins fellow Zoum sailor Javier Garcon as newest kids on the scene to watch!

„Team Zoum sailors win the 2013 River Romp with record turnout of 327 sailors”
October 20, 2013
Team Zoum sailors took 1st & 2nd in the Championship Fleet and 1st in the Green Fleet at the 2013 River Romp hosted by ESC in N Ft Myers, FL this weekend. Congratulations Ivan Shestopalov, Severin Gramm, and our newest team member Javier Garcon!

„Team Zoum sailor wins 1st in the 2013 West Coast Championships”
October 14, 2013
Team Zoum sailor took 1st at the 2013 USA West Coast Championships hosted by Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, CA this weekend. Ivan, who has already led Team USA at two World Championships with 7th and 12th place finishes, won the South American Championships in 2013 and will again lead Team USA into the South American Championships in 2014.

„Team Zoum sailor easily wins 1st in the 2013 Junior Olympic Championship in Michigan”
October 13, 2013
Team Zoum sailor took 1st at the 2013 Junior Olympic Championship in Michigan USA hosted by Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, this weekend. Earning 18 points in 10 races with 4 bullets and a safety margin of 23points over 2nd place is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations Blake Stackpoole

„Team Zoum sailors win both 1st & 2nd place in the 2013 USA Team Trials”
May 5, 2013
Team Zoum sailors Shawn Harvey took 1st and Ivan Shestopalov took 2nd at the 2013 USA Team Trials hosted by Pewaukee Yacht Club, WI this weekend. The ice melted just in time but conditions were cold, rainy with shifty winds. The boys from the south overcame and proved victorious. This most important and challenging event is only open to qualified competitors and determines which sailors will represent the USA World Team. These Team Zoum sailors have distinguished themselves to lead the USA World Team at Riva del Garda, Italy this July.  This represents five years in a row that Team Zoum sailors will represent the USA World Team! Congratulations Shawn & Ivan- 2013 Team Zoum sailors of the Year!

„Team Zoum sailor Ivan Shestopalov wins the 2013 South American Championships”
March 28, 2013
ZoumUSA Team sailor Ivan Shestopalov won is the 2013 IODA South American Champion. This most prestigious event was hosted by Veleiros Do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brasil. In what some argue is the most competitive optimist event in the world. Ivan took top honors a second year in a row.  Congratulations Ivan!

“Mark Sorenson Youth sailing Championship was dominated by Team Zoum sailors.”
February 10, 2013
Upper Keys Sailing Club was the organizing authority of this highly successful and fun regional regatta known as the Buccaneer Blast.  Team Zoum sailors took 1st, 2nd , & 3rd place overall, 1st place Red Fleet, 1st place Blue Fleet, 1st place White Fleet, and 1st & 2nd place Females.

“USODA Valentines Regatta was a huge success for Team Zoum sailors.”
February 1, 2013
St Petersburg Yacht Club hosted the Valentines Regatta attended by with approximately 265 sailors. Team Zoum sailors did well:  In the Gold Fleet, Ivan Shestopalov took top honors placing 1st overall and 1st in the Red Fleet.

„Team Zoum tops podium winning top spots in the Championship Fleet at Orange Bowl Regatta hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club”
January 1, 2013
Team Zoum wins 1st in White Fleet, 1st in Blue Fleet, and 3rd in Red Fleet at Orange Bowl Regatta hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club.  Joining the top US Zoum sailors Team Trials winner Shestopalov & National Champion Harvey were new names in the top flights including Marsden, Bruce, Fagan & Holden.  This comes after top placements in regional events including top Female, 1st & 2nd in Blue Fleet, 3rd in Red Fleet, 3rd Female at River Romp, 1st in Blue, 3rd in White, 3rd in Red at Naples Cup and 1st in Blue Fleet at Midwinters.  Congratulations to the 16 Team Zoum sailors who will be representing Team USA on Spring International Teams!

„Team Zoum does very well in the Championship Fleets at USODA’s Midwinters hosted by Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans LA”
 November 21-24 
Team Zoum sailors took 1st place Blue Fleet; 2nd place overall, 3rd place Red Fleet, 2nd place White Fleet.

„Team Zoum sailor Shawn Harvey is the 2012 USODA National Champion”
July 29, 2012
ZoumUSA Team sailor Shawn Harvey continues to climb the ladder of success in his Opti career.  After winning the Green Fleet National Championship in 2009 in Cabrillo Beach CA, he has now taken the top Gold Fleet award in the USA by becoming the overall USA National Champion. Congratulations to Shawn Harvey for demonstrating that your hard work pays dividends!

„Five Zoum sailors place in top 10 at 2012 World Championships.”
July 27, 2012

„Team Zoum sailor Ivan Shestopalov wins the 2012 Scotiabank Regatta in the USVI”
June 27, 2012
ZoumUSA Team sailor Ivan Shestopalov won the Blue Fleet and Team Racing events at the 2012 Scotiabank Regatta hosted by the St Thomas Yacht Club in the USVI June 22-24. 127 sailors from 16 nations converged compete in the 16 race regatta characterized by steady strong trade winds. Just four points separated the top 5 sailors. Ivan will stay to train an additional week in the USVI before departing for Dominica to represent the USA at the IODA World Championships.  Good Luck Ivan!

„Zoum Racers dominate the 2012 Open Dutch Championships hosted by the Royal Netherlands Yachting Union”
May 21, 2012
All Zoum Racers placed in the top 5% of the regatta, with 30% of the top finishers of the Gold Fleet sailing Zoum Racers. The 2012 Dutch Open Championships sailed on IJsselmeer off Workum, the Netherlands was a fantastic regatta which attracted nearly 300 Optimists from 22 countries. In what can only be described as a significant European placement, Zoum Racers demonstrated highly disproportionate record of performance. 

„Team Zoum sailor Ivan Shestopalov wins the 2012 USODA Team Trials Championship”
April 29, 2012
ZoumUSA Team sailor Ivan Shestopalov just turned 12, won the 2012 USODA Team Trials Championships in Brant Beach New Jersey this week beating seasoned sailors such as National Champion Nic Muller. Ivan had 5 bullets across 13 races in a 200 boat fleet of USA’s top qualifiers. Conditions were challenging with very cold air and water temperatures, rain, and shifty breezes from 8kts – mid 20’s. This great achievement means Ivan will lead Team USA into the IODA World Championships this July held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. We couldn’t be more proud of him. Congratulations Ivan!

“Team Zoum sailors win two of the top 5 spots at the 2012 Magic Marine Easter Regatta”
April 9, 2012
Team Zoum sailors take two of the top 5 spots in the Gold Fleet at the 2012 Magic Marine Easter Regatta located in Braassermermeer, Netherlands.  Not bad for a fleet of 270 boats. Congratulations to Cas van Dongen and Richard Schuurmans of the Dutch National Zoum Team!

„Team Zoum sailor Ivan shestopalov wins the 2012 South American Championships”
April 9, 2012
ZoumUSA Team sailor Ivan Shestopalov won the Junior Fleet at the 2012 IODA South American Championships hosted by Club Nautico San Isidro in Buenos Aires, Argentina this past week in what some argue is the most competitive optimist event in the world.  Congratulations Ivan!

„Team Zoum sailors dominate Florida State Championships”
March 11 2012
Led by Shawn Harvey and Ivan Shestopalov, Team Zoum sailors stood-out at the State Championships winning 2nd & 3rd overall, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd in the Blue Fleet, and 1st & 2nd Female. In all, Zoum sailors took 5 of the top 9 overall Gold positions!  Of special note is one of our newest team sailors, Severin Gramm who pulled it together to place in the top 10 for the 1st time at a major event.  Congratulations to all the sailors!

„Team Zoum crushes Valentines Day Regatta”
February 5 2012
Zoum sailors took 1st and 3rd overall in a three way tie for 1st in the 208 boat Gold Fleet at the season’s final Team Trials Qualifier.  Leading the way, Shawn Harvey put in an impressive performance with two bullets, followed by Ivan Shestopalov. These sailors placed 1st & 2nd in the Blue Fleet as well. Team sailors Sophia Sole was 1st female followed by Liza Toppa in 3rd. In all, that’s 4 of the top 6 gold positions!

„Team Zoum win Naples Cup”
November 14 2011
Zoum again took disproportionate awards at the annual Naples Cup. Awards included overall winner, 1st & 3rd in Blue Fleet, 1st in Red Fleet, 1st & 2nd female, and 2nd in White Fleet. Congratulations! Conditions were mostly light and shifty from the NE. Many of the nation’s top sailors attended including World Team members and sailors from Florida, Michigan, Ohio, & Texas.

Team Zoum sailors stomping at the Fort Myers River Romp
October 16. 2011
Shawn Harvey led Team Zoum to victory at the River Romp this past weekend! He put in an excellent performance with a 2nd in the Blue Fleet and 3rd overall. His throw-out was a 6. Rumor has it this regatta may have marked his 1st championship bullet!  In all four Team Zoum sailors placed in the top 10 Blue Fleet spots. Not to be undone, Team Zoum sailors took 2 of the top 3 White Fleet spots. Severin Gramm took 2nd and Joshua Miller took 3rd.

“BHYC takes back Maine State Championship ”
August 10 2011
Congratulations to Ian MacDiarmid who brings back the State Championship to BHYC after winning 9 of 10 races in one of BHYC’s new Zoum Optis to place 1st overall and 1st in Blue Fleet.

“Team Zoum sailors win three of the top 6 spots at the 2011 USODA National Championships”
July 24 2011
Conner Harding narrowly missed being the US National Champion by just two points over 12 races.  Martina Sly was top female and Richard Schuurmans rounds out the top sailors in the Gold Fleet.  One of our newest team members, Severin Gramm finished 3rd in his fleet to qualify for Team Trials.  He purchased his Racer just 7 weeks ago and has been clear that his #1 goal was to qualify for Team Trials.  This was an outstanding achievement in the short time frame.

“Team Zoum sailors win three of the top 5 spots at the 2011 Girls’ National Championships”
July 21 2011
Martina Sly takes 2nd overall, Sophia Sole takes 3rd overall & 1st in Blue Fleet, and Alie Toppa takes 5th overall at the Girls National Championship.  Nice job!

„3rd year in a row Team Zoum member place in top three at IODA North American Championships- This year the international event was hosted by Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club”
July 7, 2011 
Team Zoum sailors competed as part of Team USA in the 2011 IODA North American Championships this past week.  Team member Russell Clarida is the new North American Champion!  Other top Team members included Alie Toppa who was 1st American female and Richard Schuurmans who finished 7th overall.  Additionally, Alie Toppa and Richard Schuurmans were part of the winning North American Team Racing Team. The third place team included Team members Russell Clarida and Martina Sly. In summary, 33% of the top North American Championship sailors, 20% of the top 10 finishers, and 40% of the 1st & 3rd place Team racing finishers were Team Zoum sailors! Congratulations Team Zoum and Team USA!

„Team Zoum sailors again showed great skills at Team Trials in San Francisco”
May 8, 2011
Team Zoum was a proud sponsor of the event.  Team Zoum sailors won 2 out of 3 overall top spots at Team Trials hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club and secured 40% of the invitations to the World Team.  Team Zoum sailors also placed 3 in the top 6 and 4 in the top 10 positions. Conditions at the 4 day event were very challenging.  Choppy cold water and strong current played an important role. Good hydration and nutrition was essential. Top sailors had to overcome these challenges and personal ones, such as Z-flag penalties.

Martina Sly of FL was 3rd overall and 1st female.  She had a capsize in day 3 that cost her 30 places and forced her to climb back into contention on day 4. She is one of the few females to have earned a place on the World Team.  Russell Clarida of CT was in contention for most of the regatta… he jumped in the cold waters to give aid to a lesser experienced sailor showing excellent sportsmanship character!  Russell has accomplished everything he set out to in the optimist class, and we are especially proud that he will travel to New Zealand to represent USA in the World Championships. Conner Harding of FL again missed the World Team by just 1 point. This Team Trials was also the 1st for many sailors including Ivan Shestopalov who was one of the youngest and smallest of all sailors and finished an amazing 17th overall in the 172 boat Fleet of top US sailors.

Congratulations to all the Team Zoum Sailors most of whom will be invited to compete in international and continental championships due to results in this regatta

„Team Zoum places well at 42nd Southeast Dinghy Championship”
April 23, 2011
Team Zoum wins 2 out of top 3 spots in the 42nd Southeast Dinghy Championship hosted by Key Biscayne Yacht Club.  Shawn Harvey took 1st place in the Blue Fleet and 2nd place overall.  martina Sly took 2nd place in the Red Fleet and 3rd overall. Congratulations and good luck at Team Trials in San Francisco!

„Team Zoum tops podium winning 2 out of top 3 spots in the Gold Fleet at Spring Fling Regatta hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club”
April 3, 2011
Team Zoum wins 2 out of top 3 spots in the Gold Fleet at the Spring Fling Regatta hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club.  Martina Sly dominated the regatta taking advantage of shifty conditions and seizing an early tactical advantage. She was followed by Conner Harding who took 3rd overall and Shawn Harvey that took 2nd place in the Blue Fleet. Congratulations and good luck at Team Trials in San Francisco!

March 12, 2011
Team Zoum wins 3 out of top 4 spots at the Spring Optifest hosted by US Sailing Center.  Ivan Shestopalov took top honors winning overall.  Conner Harding took 2nd place overall.  Greyson Dixon took 4th place overall.  Team Zoum took 1st in Red, 1st & 2nd, 5th & 6th in Blue, and 3rd in White Fleets.

„Team Zoum dominates USA’s gold fleet at Valentines’s Day by winning 4 of 6 top spots at final qualifier”
February 13, 2011
Great performance for Team Zoum at Valentine’s Day Regatta in St. Petersberg FL. This was the final qualifier for 2011 Team Trials in San Francisco CA and was attended by approximately 225 sailors from around the country. Team Zoum sailors comprised 4 of the top 6 finishers including 1st in Red, 1st in Blue, and 1st Female.  Extraordinary considering that there were only 5 Zoum sailors present. Congratulations!

„Zoum sailors were four times as likely to earn medals in Red, White & Green Fleets at 2010 Orange Bowl Regatta”December 30, 2010
Team Zoum sailors had a successful 2010 Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami FL. Zoum sailors were four times as likely to earn medals in Red, White & Green Fleets including 1st female, 1st American, 2nd Red, & 1st White. Russell Clarida, USNT member from CT sailed with a broken ankle set days before to finish 9th in Red. In fact, all Zoum sailors in Red finished in the top 10 and 60% of the Zoum sailors in White earned medals. 40% of the top 5 White Fleet are Zoum sailors so the next generation for Zoum is looking strong. A new Zoum Racer was won by an overseas sailor from the UK National Team.

„Team Zoum sailors win White Fleet and medal in Red & Blue Fleets at Junior Olympic event hosted by US Sailing Center – Martin County”
December 12 2010

„25% of those selected for South American Championship sail a Zoum Racer”
November 27 2010
Zoum had a phenomenal showing at Midwinter Championships hosted by Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans.  25% of those that qualified for coveted spots on the South American Team sail Zoum Racers. Special mention goes to Ivan Shestopalov who pulled it together and ignored the pressure brought by the big boys to claw back over 50 places in the last day with 3 bullets, a 5th and a 3rd in 5 races to finish 8th overall at just 10 years old.  All we can say is „BANG!”

„Team Zoum sailors dominate Naples Cup”
November 17 2010
Zoum continues to make a mark in the USA.  Most recently, the NCSC hosted nearly 300 sailors this weekend for the annual Naples Cup.  Conditions were light and shifty from the NE to NW with 4-8kt winds. Many of the nation’s top sailors attended including the World Team and sailors from Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, & New York.

Team Zoum sailors were 1st & 2nd Overall as well as 1st in Blue Fleet, 1st in White Fleet, 1st & 2nd Female, and 1st in Green Fleet. Congratulations!

“A peak at the next generation of Zoum sailors…”
October 19 2010
The annual season opener for Florida takes place every year in North Forth Myers and attracts 200-300 sailors. This is a great regatta attracting many of the nation’s top sailors and an opportunity to see how the year might unfold.

Two of our youngest team sailors showed their stuff. Ben Althouse won the Green Fleet convincingly in light shifty conditions. “It was fun and I’m really happy I did well.” Garrett Dixon came in 3rd, also a young man of few words said, “I am 53.1 lbs. I don’t know why I was so fast but I was.” Both Ben & Garret earned coveted bullets.  We expect to see both of these boys finish-out the year with high marks before moving up to the Champion Fleets.

Other top marks belong to Alie Toppa 1st female, 2nd Blue fleet, and 2nd overall; Ivan Shestopalov, 1st White Fleet. Medals were also earned by several other Zoum sailors.

“Team Zoum sailor Prescott Coleman wins White Fleet at the SE Championships at Lake Norman North Carolina.”
September 27, 2010

“Awesome performance by Team Zoum at 2010 New England Championships”
August 5 2010
Alie Toppa and twin sister Liza Toppa of Lauderdale Yacht Club are 1st & 2nd of 104 girls that competed at the 3rd largest regatta of the year – 2010 New England Championships hosted by Sail Newport. The Toppa twins also placed 6th & 7th overall in blue fleet that consisted of 152 sailors. 10 year old Ivan Shestopalov of Coral Reef Yacht Club took 1st place in the White Fleet. 50% of the Zoum sailors stood on the podium to earn medals and 75% were in the top 5% of their fleets.

“Team Zoum sailors all qualify for the 2011 US Team Trials at 2010 National Championships in Deltaville VA”
July 24 2010
Over 300 of the nations best youth sailors converged in Deltaville VA for the 2010 Opti National Championships this past week. Team Zoum  had an outstanding 2010 US National Championship- a repeat of last year’s celebration!  Standout performances include: 13yo Richard Schuurmans 1st in age group, 2nd overall, & 2nd in the Gold Fleet.  A huge performance from one of our newest team sailors, 10yo Ivan Shestopalov, 1st in age group, 1st in White Fleet, and an amazing 7th place overall in the Gold Fleet. 12 yo Alie Toppa 1st female and 1st overall in Silver Fleet. 11 yo Shawn Harvey who won the Green Fleet at 2009 US Nationals places 9th in Silver Fleet. Andrew Schoene is 5th and tiny 8yo Garrett Dixon 9th in the Pearl Fleet.  All Team Zoum Green Fleet sailors elected to sail in the Championship Fleet in order to qualify for US Team Trials in 2011. The three major charter companies operating at Nationals were unable to establish their brand domination at the podiums. Team Zoum demonstrated a competitive edge earning a disproportionate 25% of the top spots with its small Fleet.

“Team Zoum sailor Alie Toppa wins the Blue Fleet at the 2010 Girls National Championships”
July 20 2010
Alie Toppa wins the Blue Fleet of the Girls National Championship, 1st in age group, and places 6th overall, while twin sister and Team Zoum member Liza Toppa places 6th in the Blue Fleet. Congratulations to both. Martina Sly is to be congratulated for taking the 4th place finish in the Red Fleet. The course was a 1.5 mile trapezoid. Anna Tnnicliffe, Olympic Gold Medalist and twice Rolex Rolex Yachtswoman of the year, also from Lauderdale Yacht Club shared words of wisdom and excitement with the girls.

“Team Zoum sailors Liza & Alie Toppa sailing for Lauderdale YC win the 2010 Team Racing National Championships”
July 19 2010
24 teams competed over three days & 108 races in Deltaville VA to determine the US National Team Champions. 40% of the 1st place victors in Gold Fleet were Team Zoum members despite the fact that three major charter companies dominated the Fleet with their brands.  We also congratulate Team Zoum racer Russell Clarida that participated in the Lisot Team that won 1st place in the Silver Fleet.

“Richard Schuurmans wins USODA qualifier 2010 Texas Youth Race Week”
July 16 2010
Richard takes Olympic Gold podium finishing 1st overall in the 6 day event hosted by Houston Yacht Club, Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, & Lakewood Yacht Club.

„Awsome performance by Team Zoum at 2010 IODA North American Championships in Kingston Ontario”
July 4, 2010 
Team Zoum sailors competed as part of Team USA in the 2010 IODA North American Championships this past week.  Conner Harding finished 3rd overall with a 2-1-1 last day performance.  Alie Toppa was 2nd female overall and 1st North American female at the event. She also earned a 2nd place trophy for the Team racing event.  All team Zoum sailors finished in the top third.  75% finished in the top 10%.  Congratulations to all of you!


„Team Zoum Optimists were Zouming at 2010 USODA Team Trials”
May 5, 2010
Preliminary results suggest that [90%] of the Zoum sailors will qualify for a National Team, [60%] for coveted spots on the North American Team and World Team. Conner Harding finished 6th just three points shy of a World Team spot after a DSQ in a race he had previously placed 1st.  Alie Toppa, daughter of sailing legend Mike Toppa, sailing in her first Team Trials finished a very impressive 3rd place female.  (reprint from Sailworld Article)

„Team Zoum sailors dominate the podium at the 2010 LYC Spring Ocean Series Dinghy Championships in Ft Lauderdale FL”
April 18th, 2010
Team Zoum members ranging in age from 10-14 competed at the 2010 LYC Spring Ocean Series Dinghy Championships hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club of Ft Lauderdale FL this weekend.  The competition was stiff with strong sailors from across Florida sailing offshore in tough ocean conditions that combined rain, heavy seas, strong currents and medium winds of 10-13 kts.

Team Zoum members placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th overall with Conner Harding and Martina Sly taking 2nd & 3rd in the Red fleet, Alie Toppa taking 1st in the Blue fleet, Prescott Coleman and Shawn Harvey taking 1st & 3rd in the White fleet.  Garret Dixon reached deep into his heart and applied all of his 50lbs to take 1st in the Green Fleet.  Go Team Zoum!

„Team Zoum sailors proudly took the podium at the 41st SE Dinghy Championships in Miami FL”
April 6, 2010
Team Zoum members ranging in age from 10-14 competed at the 41st SE Dinghy Championships hosted by Key Biscayne Yacht Club of Key Biscayne FL this weekend.  Competitors arrived from across Florida to compete in 10kt easterly winds in one of the great sailing grounds- beautiful Biscayne Bay, FL.

Team Zoum members Conner Harding, Alie Toppa, Shawn Harvey, Prescott Coleman, Grayson Dixon, & newest member, Ben Althouse earned medals in all Red, Blue, White & Green Fleets respectively including 1st place in Red & 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in White Fleets.

„Team Zoum sailors shine at 2010 Spring Opti-fest Regatta”
March 14, 2010
Team Zoum members ranging in age from 10-15 competed against sailors from along the eastern seaboard at the annual Spring Opti-fest Regatta hosted by US Sailing Center/ Martin County (USSMC) at Indian Riverside Park.  Competitors arrived from across Florida, and from as far away as Connecticut.

Team Zoum members performed admirably in challenging heavy wind conditions of 29kts with higher gusts during the two day regatta. Team Zoum was represented by three sailors all of whom earned the right to stand at the podium. Martina Sly was 2nd place in the Red Fleet, 2nd place overall, and 1st place female sailor. Shawn Harvey was 2nd place in the White Fleet.  Newest Team Zoum member Jose Dapena earned a 1st place in the Green Fleet.

„Team Zoum getting noticed at Orange Bowl International Regatta”
January 1, 2009
A huge optimist fleet had 12 races over four days in beautiful sailing conditions. Team Zoum had a great performance.  Martina Sly was first girl in the Red Fleet. Ivan Shestopolav took 2nd place in the White Fleet.  Sam Baker took 3rd in the Green Fleet despite missing several races due to illness. Other Zoum sailors that took home medals included Richard Schuurmans, Prescott Coleman, Shawn Harvey, & Jose Dapena.

„Team Zoum leader Axel Sly wins Gold at 2009 USODA Optimist National Championships”
July 26, 2009
ZoumUSA Team leader Axel Sly of Weston, Florida and Coral Reef Yacht Club (“CRYC”) established himself once again as the preeminent national youth sailor in the 2009 US optimist National Championship Regattas hosted by Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club (“CBYC”) in San Pedro, California.

„Team Zoum Green Fleet member Shawn Harvey wins Gold at 2009 USODA Optimist National Championships
July 26, 2009
ZoumUSA team member Shawn Harvey of Coconut Grove, Florida and Coral Reef Yacht Club (“CRYC”) blew away the Green Fleet competition this week with 8 bullets at the 2009 US optimist National Championships. The regatta was hosted by Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club (“CBYC”) in San Pedro, California.

“Zoum Optimist makes big splash at 2009 USODA Optimist National Championships”
July 26, 2009
The Zoum Optimist wins the Championship and Green Fleets at the 2009 USODA Optimist National Championships hosted by Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club (“CBYC”) in San Pedro, California.

The Zoum continued to earn a disproportionate share of honors on the race course.  Sixty percent (60%) of Zoum Racers competing at the Nationals earned medals including gold in the Championship and Green Fleets.

„Team Zoum member Conner Harding wins the USODA qualifier at Texas Youth Race Week”
July 16, 2009
ZoumUSA Team member Conner Harding of Naples, Florida brought the serious disposition he’s become known for to claim the first place victory overall in the Blue Fleet of Texas Youth Race Week sponsored by Texas Sailing Association, USODA, Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, Lakewood Yacht Club, & Houston Yacht Club.

„Team Zoum leader Axel Sly 3rd at North American Optimist Championships”
July 10, 2009
ZoumUSA Team leader Axel Sly of Weston, Florida and Coral Reef Yacht Club  (“CRYC”) again demonstrated a cool head to overcome a mistake in the first race.  Implementing tactical and strategic game plans for which he’s become known, Axel managed to put in consistent top 10 finishes in all 10 remaining races to win the event.

„Zoum Optimist 3rd in Team Trials and a placement for Axel Sly on the World Team”
May 3, 2009
ZoumUSA Team leader Axel Sly of Weston, Florida and Coral Reef Yacht Club  (“CRYC”) demonstrated a cool head in the face of constant pressure to implement tactical and strategic game plans and minimize mistakes to climb into the top ranks necessary to qualify for a World Team placement. The USODA National Optimist Team Trials were hosted by Noroton Yacht Club (“NYC”) this weekend in
Darien CT in challenging conditions including shifty light breezes, rain, and cold water temperatures in low 50’s. The event marks the capstone of the year’s Optimist Circuit, with most or all participating Zoum boats earning placement on a National Team. The 2009 Zoum Racer IODA95 Optimist racing dinghy- Zoum Optimist has competed in the United States very successfully winning most all of the events it participated in.

„Team Zoum Optimist sailboats place in all classes”
March 17, 2009
Lauderdale Yacht Club’s combined Spring Series Ocean Regatta went-off without a hitch in beautiful blue waters of Ft Lauderdale this weekend March 8 2009.  Some of the countries best youth sailors converged in steady 15kt winds and 5’ rollers to gauge their competition ahead of Team Trials to be held next month in CT.  In all, 5 races were timely completed with Team Zoum USODA World Team racer Axel Sly coming in 1st overall and 1st in the Red Fleet, Conner Harding 3rd in the Blue Fleet, and Allie Toppa, daughter of world renowned sailor Mike Toppa 1st in White Fleet followed by Ian MacDiarmid and Liza Toppa respectively.  ZoumUSA founder Mat Coleman said „it was beautiful to see increasingly large quantities of Zoum boats participating in regattas and performing at the front of the fleet.”

„Zoum does it again”
March 17, 2009
US SAILING Center’s latest event- the Spring Opti-fest hosted by the Sailing Center Martin County March 14th – 16th was a great success.    Strategically scheduled ahead of the FL State Championships, USODA National Team Trials, and the South American Optimist Championships, the event attracted many great sailors from around the country and as far away as Germany and Denmark.

“Zoum continues to show its stuff”
February 19, 2009
Winning numerous regattas in all Red, White, Blue & Green classes of the optimist regatta series accross the SE USA sailing circuit, Zoum is tearing up the track. At Fort Myers, Naples, Miami, Jensen Beach, Ft Lauderdale, St Petersburg, & New Orleans, Zoum optimist racer is taking top honors. Some of the most prestigious events are proving all that Zoum promises is true. Zoum has better finish, better weight distribution, better components, better looks, & better value… it’s just plain better. And its taking significant market share!

„TeamZoum wins Red and Green Fleet at 2008 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta”
January 1, 2009
700 sailors representing 23 nations convened in Miami to compete in the Orange Bowl International Regatta, hosted by Coral Reef yacht Club. Winds blew 6-15kts and the sun was shining on Team Zoum leader Axel Sly and team member Ivan Shestopalov both of who won their Fleets.

„TeamZoum Optimist Tops Fleet in First American Outing”
October 26, 2008
ZoumUSA Team Sailor Conner Harding of Naples, Florida dominated the Miami Yacht Club Fall Harvest Regatta, winning all races in the Blue fleet and overall opti class series. Sailed on Biscayne Bay on October 25 and 26 with challenging conditions that included shifty light breezes as well as thunderstorms and torrential rain, The Fall Harvest Regatta marks the beginning of the Southeast Florida Optimist Circuit, and was the first time a Zoum Optimist has competed in the United States.