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.