Quantum Finishes 1-2 at J/70 Winter Series

Quantum’s own Marty Kullman and Allan Terhune, Jr. took the top two spots at the first weekend of Quantum’s J/70 Winter Series at the Davis Island Yacht Club last weekend. Despite the tricky conditions, Quantum sails took first place overall and in the Corinthian division.

Terhune on Dazzler said they had to keep an open mind because of the conditions, but they managed to take advantage and finish in the top three for three of the four races. “We tried really hard not to give up too much leverage and just keep chipping away at the competition and the shifts and really let others make mistakes,” he said. “We had to keep an open mind and not get too high or too low, just stay focused.”

The strategy worked overall, but Kullman and the crew of New Wave managed to stay just ahead of Terhune, winning one race and taking second in two to win the overall event by one point. “We really had the boat tuned in well and were able to get off the starting line and go wherever we wanted,” said Kullman. “Conditions were shifty and light, which made a premium on being able to have choices off the starting line.”

Kullman credits a large portion of their success to his team, who has been together for more than five years. “I am a firm believer that consistency in crew is one of the biggest advantages we have,” he said. “We are past the dating phase and have a good sense of what each other wants in regards to reacting to the boat and communication. A majority of our results at the regatta stem from our team dynamics.”

Another key to their success was weight management in light-air sailing. “One trick we use is for the tactician to use the helmsman as a reference,” said Kullman. “If the helmsman leans out, the tactician moves with him. This works well because the helmsman has a good visual on the boat angle and the feel on the tiller.”

Also finishing on top of his division was Rob Britts on Hot Mess, placing sixth overall and first in the Corinthian division. Britts won the division in the 2014 J/70 Winter Series earlier this year and is paving the way for a 2015 victory.

The next event will be January 10-11, 2015 and the teams are already preparing. “It’s great that we can keep the boat rigged and ready to sail at the Davis Yacht Club,” said Kullman. “They make it easy to get the boat in and out of the water, allowing us to get some practice time in before the next event.”

 

Quantum J/70 Winter Series #1

1 – Marty Kullman, New Wave

2 – Allan Terhune, Jr., Dazzler

Quantum J/70 Winter Series #1 – Corinthian Division

1 – Rob Britts, Hot Mess

3 – R. Noel Clinard, Loonatictu

5 – Connie and Ed Austin, Chinook

 

For full results from the Quantum J/70 Winter Series, click here

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Quantum Teams Dominate Melges 20 Events Around the World

Quantum-led teams dominated the Melges 20 racing world last weekend with wins in Miami and Monaco. Taking first in the open and Corinthian divisions, these teams set the bar high for the 2015 winter sailing season.

At the first event of the 2015 International Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series at Coconut Grove Sailing Club, the six-race event ended with a light air race and a first place finish for Jason Michas on Midnight Blue. That finish slid him into the lead, though he’s currently tied with Marc Hollerbach and Fu with 25 points. In the Corinthian division, Brian Hill and Atlas managed to stay ahead of the fleet, but with only 15 points separating first from third, the series is still up for grabs.

On the other side of the ocean, European Champion Guido Miani controlled the second act of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series winning the Beluga Cup. This comes after a second place finish in October’s first act.

The Miami winter series picks up again February 6-8, 2015 while the Monaco series resumes January 16-18, 2015. Congratulations to everyone, and good luck next year!

 

Miami Winter Series #1

1 – Jason Michas, Midnight Blue

2 – Marc Hollerbach, Fu

3 – Achille Onorato, Mascalzone Latino Jr.

4 – Richard Davies, Section 16

Miami Winter Series #1 – Corinthian Division

1 – Brian Hill, Atlas

2 – Tate Russack, DIESEL

3 – Paul Currie, Wild Deuces

4 – Frank McLaughlin, CAN 254

5 – John Brown, Blind Squirrel

For full results from the Miami Winter Series, Event #1, click here

 

Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 2 – Beluga Cup

1 – Guido Miani, Monaco Racing Fleet

2 – Morozov Yuri, Russotrans

4 – Vladimir Prosikhin, Nakimov/Bang Bang

5 – Vladimir Liubomirov, Bronenosec

For full results from the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 2, click here.

 

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Quantum’s Key West Race Week – Sun, Sailing, and Customer Service

Quantum Sail Design Group is already preparing for the 28th annual Key West Race Week in the Conch Republic. January 18-23, 2015 will be Quantum’s fourth year as the title sponsor of the event, and our reps are busy helping customers prepare for this iconic event.

Quantum Key West Race Week is a US Sailing sanctioned event featuring as many as 11 classes of boats ranging from 23-72 feet. Debuting this year are the Farr 280, J/111, and J/88 classes. Also appearing for the first time at Key West is the America’s Cup inspired GC 32, while the Melges 24 class continues to increase in entries.  The largest fleet, growing in popularity worldwide, is the J/70 fleet with 43 boats entered so far.

A fun class for the spectators, the Maxi 72 class will once again return, featuring awe-inspiring racing machines that typically require a crew of 17 to race. Quantum’s own Terry Hutchinson, a former Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and veteran of multiple America’s Cups, will sail aboard Bella Mente as tactician. Hutchinson has competed in almost every Key West Race Week since 1991 aboard TP52s and Farr 40s, but this will be his first year on a Maxi 72.

Also contributing this year is Quantum’s managing partner Farley Fontenot, who will provide coaching tips for Doug and Dalton DeVos in the Melges 32 class. Fontenot and other Quantum reps will be on hand to provide assistance throughout the week. Quantum Sail Design Group is dedicated to providing superior customer service with their high-performance sails, and Key West gives them the chance to do just that.

“One important thing Key West has done for Quantum – it’s brought us closer to our clients,” said Fontenot. “We are a company that wants to help sailors achieve their goals. A week in Key West gives our professionals a great opportunity to get out on the docks and interact directly with clients and do whatever possible to help them improve their boat’s performance.”

For more information on Key West Race Week 2015, click here

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