About Racing Shell Covers

Racing Shell Covers is the culmination of hard work and dedication by its owner and founder Alex Grigoriev (a former co-owner of Zip-Cover, LLC). A fashion master, patternmaker and boat cover designer, Alex has turned his expertise toward building a leading company defined by passion and innovation.


Alex was born and raised in Russia where he attended Moscow Textile Institute. While in his home country, he owned a private-labeled contract sewing company. Wanting to expand on his fashion knowledge, he came to the United States in 1991 to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, graduating with a major in CAD/Gerber Computer Patternmaking and Garment Technology.

Growing his knowledge and experience by transitioning through well-known manufacturing companies in Manhattan (Herman Kay/LF Outerwear LLC and Columbia Sportswear Company), Alex produced products for various well-known brands: Michael Kors, Anne Klein, XoXo, Ann Taylor, Coldwater Creek, Banana Republic, The Limited and Columbia Sportswear.

In 2006, Alex took his passion for innovation and the idea from a friend to experiment with making rowing boat covers. The main goal was to design and develop the pattern for covers that would perfectly fit. During the next five years, the product matured and business grew. To be fully dedicated to the business growing activity, Alex left his permanent corporate job in Manhattan in 2013 and become completely devoted to the business. After years of co-owning, Zip-Cover LLC branched out and Alex formed his own company: Racing Shell Covers, LLC (RS Covers) in 2018.

With more than 30 years of experience in patternmaking and 10 years of experience making boat covers, Alex brings his technical knowledge to Racing Shell Covers. We are proud to offer the best fit rowing boat cover for your needs, including accessories for transportation and protection of your rowing equipment.

Alex looks at each project as if he were going to live with it. “I always look at a project and say, ‘What would I want it to be if it was my boat?’”

To learn more about the products we sell, please give us a call at 732-236-0435 or contact us.

Alex Grigoriev
Racing Shell Covers