Quantum Sails Take Top Three Spots at Semaine de Porquerolles

Quantum® sails helped fill the Soto 40 podium at the May 13-17 Semaine de Porquerolles this month. Dominique Tian’s Glen Ellen took the top spot after adding Quantum sails to his inventory this year.

Last year, Glen Ellen finished last at every event, but this year they added a Quantum® J1.5 and mainsail, designed by Brett Jones and Adrien de Belloy. “After a few tweaks, we managed to be quicker than Noticia, which was really the boat to beat,” said de Belloy. “Finishing first this year with new Quantum sails is really a big step up for the owner. We sailed 90 percent of the time under the J1.5.”

Also on the podium was Luis Martin Cabiedes’ Quantum-powered Noticia, who finished two points behind Glen Ellen. In third was Bern Kammerlander’s Koyama, whose four top-two finishes helped him secure third place.

Congratulations to everyone on a great weekend!

Semaine de Porquerolles – Soto 40
1 – Dominique Tian, Glen Ellen
2 – Luis Martin Cabiedes, Noticia
3 – Bern Kammerlander, Koyama

For full results from the Semaine de Porquerolles, click here

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Quantum Tops E27, J/105 & J/120 Fleets on Crowded Weekend of Racing Under Shifty Conditions in SF

Bay Area sailors were greeted by a-typical southerly winds on Saturday morning for Elite Keel and Swiftsure.

It was another busy weekend of racing on the San Francisco Bay with the larger one-design fleets—the J/120s, J/111s, and J/105s—racing along side the multihulls in the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, and the smaller one-design fleets, from J/70s, to Melges 20s and 24s, to Knarrs and Etchells. On Sunday, the Santana 22s and the weekend’s only PHRF fleet joined the fun in the second of three YRA Spring Series races.

Saturday morning racers woke winds coming from so far south that for the Elite Keel boats racing on the Berkeley Circle the wind was left of Treasure Island. Nevertheless, the Venue Bravo boats racing closer to Berkeley Pier, including the Express 27s, Etchells, IODs, J/24s, and Knarrs, got started just about on time.

The race committee, taking advantage of the southerly wind, set a really unique race course for the first two races; competing boats found themselves racing in directions not normally raced in San Francisco.

When the wind straightened out to the more typical westerly in the afternoon, the race committee moved the weather mark, allowing the boats to play the ebb a little more sailing in the direction of Alcatraz. “It was kind of fun, like two regattas in one,” said Quantum’s Will Paxton, who was at the helm of his Express 27 Motorcycle Irene. “There were a few short postponements because the race committee was spread kind of thin, but then they’d get the weather mark moved and get us all going again.”

Quantum made a clean sweep of the Express 27 podium with Daniel Pruzan’s Wile E Coyote in second and Sergey Lubarsky’s Libra in third. John Rivlin took fourth with Peaches.

Over on the Venue Alpha course racing behind Angel Island, the J/70 fleet was the largest with eight boats. Peter Cameron’s Prime Number, sailing with a partial Quantum inventory, took the regatta with three bullets.

The battle among the J/105s continued at Swiftsure, with Jeff Littfin’s Quantum-powered Mojo taking the bullet in three of five races to win the regatta. Though the wind wasn’t as quite as far south on Saturday for the boats racing along the city front, shifty conditions prevailed. “It was really shifty, we were winning the first race, and we ended up [fourth] because we got caught on the wrong side of the shift,” said Littfin.” For San Francisco, even when the wind kicked in, it was pretty shifty.”

No one benefited from the changing conditions, if anything, it just heightened the competition. “Even though we won the two races on Sunday, it was a dogfight. We were leading, went back to fifth, and won. It hard sailing the whole time,” Littfin said.

“The key takeaway is, if you look at the scores, there were a lot of people fighting. In some ways we got a little lucky and were able to make it work. It wasn’t like the top three boats were launched; everybody was fighting. The level of talent from top to bottom is impressive.”

Gregg Kent and the Perserverence crew, which included his father Steve Kent and uncle Paul Kent, scored their first top-three finish in the J/105 fleet sailing with a brand new set of Quantum upwind sails designed especially for the Bay and their mast bend. “We got third despite two OCSs—the new sails made it easy!” said Kent. Look for them to be a threat as the summer goes on!

David Halliwill’s Peregrine made logged another win in J/120 fleet with three bullets. Peregrine was the only boat in this regatta with a Quantum inventory.

Meanwhile, the Moore 24s were racing out of Santa Cruz Yacht Club. Philippe Kahn’s Pegasus MotionX and John Kernot’s Banditos—both with Quantum sails—topped the 20-boat fleet.

For full results:
Elite Keel Regatta and J/25 Western Regional Championship
2015 Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta
2015 Moore 24 PPC

By Jenn Virškus for Quantum Sails

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Hulsey and Team Hoodlum Crush the Competition at Midwest One Design Spring Championship

By T.J. Craig

After two days of varying wind conditions, Paul Hulsey and the Hoodlum Racing team crushed the competition at the May 16-17 Midwest One Design Spring Championship at the Muskegon Yacht Club. The annual Melges 24 season opener was well-organized, well-attended, and well-executed by everyone involved. With the weather providing everything from light to medium to heavy breezes, the atypical south to southeast breeze provided a different course on Muskegon Lake, including deceptive breeze lines that tempted more than one tactician.

Quantum® sail consultant T.J. Craig sailed on Steve Pirie’s Rumbunctious, who fell victim to a couple of missed opportunities throughout the regatta. “We learned quickly and were able to recover in order to finish sixth in a very strong 19-boat fleet,” said Craig.  “We know we left a few opportunities on the course, but we’re satisfied with our performance, especially considering Steve is a first-time Melges 24 owner. This was his second regatta with an entirely unfamiliar crew. Steve did a fantastic job driving, and the rest of us managed to keep up enough not to slow him down.”

In the end, it was Paul Hulsey, who celebrated his birthday over the weekend, and the Hoodlum Racing team who won the regatta. Hoodlum Racing won four of the eight races, never finished lower than third, and won the overall title with only 13 points – 40 points ahead of second place.

Hulsey and his team were the only boat using Quantum upwind sails for the regatta. After the event, Craig thanked Hulsey for making Quantum sails look so good. Hulsey said he was fairly certain it was the other way around. “I spoke with both Paul and his trimmer about the sails, and they both said that after a brief period of getting used to the new shapes they felt like they could do no wrong when it came to trimming and finding new gears,” said Craig.

Congratulations Hoodlum Racing!               

For full results from the Midwest One Design Spring Championship, click here

Sailing a Melges 24 in the Great Lakes? Contact TJ Craig at Quantum Great Lakes, 2231-941-1222 or tjcraig@quantumsails.com. 

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