The people behind Zoom Sails
Founder/Director Phil Auger is from New Zealand's South Island. While studying business and IT he started working part time at the local sail loft. Part time turned into a full time job at the North Sails affiliated loft known as Southern Sails in Waikawa Bay - Marlborough Sounds. Later Phil moved south to Christchurch where he worked for East Coast windsurf, at their in house sail loft. He then moved into his own purpose built small production sail loft where he stayed for 10 years making between 100 to 150 sails per year. Phil has owned a number of small racing boats including a Paper Tiger catamaran and a Shaw 6.5 sport boat, placing 2nd at the New Zealand national championships. He also raced regularly in class keelboats. The sails made during this period won many national and regional class titles in New Zealand.
2012-16 he spent cruising the South Pacific, North Pacific and then SE Asia with his wife Astrid where they are currently based. This time spent long distance cruising gave a much better knowledge of the requirements for a good cruising sail from a racing background. Currently Phil lives in SE Asia and travels regularly to Sri-Lanka to work together with the sail loft production crew.
Roaming Representative and Designer Jamie Gilford started sailmaking in 1985 at Halsey Sailmakers, one of the top lofts in USA at the time. In 1988 he became upwind sail designer and stayed in this position until 1994, after which he did consulting work for a number of lofts in the US.
Jamie worked with many high profile racing campaigns, including America 3 (Americas Cup), Matador 1&2 (Maxi), Rothmans, Fortuna, Dolphin and Youth (Whitbread).
Since 2008 Jame has been cruising the world with his family on board
SV Totem - their Stevens 47. They have completed a circumnavigation and logged over 50,000 miles.