Going with the Breeze at Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week

By Alex Clegg, Quantum Newport

The Cool Breeze Mills 43 team absolutely loves Charleston! The crew and owner are big-time foodies and this place has some killer restaurants, which is good when you haven't been racing in over three months. You need something to ease you back into it! The weather hasn't been too bad either so far, sunny and 75…is that a country song I heard on the radio here yesterday? 

Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week is the first event for most of our crew since Quantum Key West Race Week. It definitely takes a little while to get back into the swing of things, and remember all your roles on the boat, (and how early you have to get out of bed for the ocean course!)

Speaking of the ocean course, this year is pretty neat because there is such a span of technology and age of boats out there, from the blazing fast Carkeek fleet to the Beneteau Oceanis' and the S2's. It can be downright crazy all racing on the same circle and rounding the same leeward mark, but the RC is doing a nice job and we got three really decent races in yesterday. Cool Breeze is racing in the PHRF A Division.

On Cool Breeze, owner John Cooper drove us to a awesome 3,1,2 on day one to put us in second place, so I think we will take that after doing nothing but skiing since the end of January! Lets keep it rolling….

New Farr 280 Hits the Race Circuit in Charleston with Quantum® Sails

In PHRF B, Quantum® customer Ian Gordon is racing on Chessie Racing, a new Farr 280. This is an exciting new boat by Farr Yacht Design that promises to deliver the excitement of grand prix racing to the under 30' one design arena. With a great crew and Quantum's new high-performance sail designs, Chessie Racing had an outstanding first day with two firsts and a second place, placing them first overall. Way to go!

Shakedown with the new Quantum® sails on Chessie Racing before the open of competition in Charleston.

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Melges 20 Practice Race at 2014 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week

Quantum is a proud sponsor and official sailmaker for the 2014 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. On-site recording some of the racing action is Quantum Racing's media pro Keith Brash who captured this Melges 20 practice race. 


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Real-world Sail Validation

Andrew Scott and Doug Stewart from Quantum’s sail development team are at Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week reviewing and collecting data on Quantum sails as part of the company's commitment to continuous product improvement. Here is Andrew’s report from Thursday, April 10th.

It was a perfect day on the water today. Beautiful sea breeze from the southwest filled in about 10-15 knots, the breeze was very puffy and shifty; not ideal for two boat testing but great for seeing sails in a wide wind range of conditions.

Doug Stewart and I headed out to the race courses to review all of the classes sailing. The goal of our time on the water today was to observe and record information on the sails that Quantum builds and to compare them to competitors’ sails. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the world of computers and loft floors when working on the next great thing. It is imperative to evaluate sails on the race course.

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, the site for Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. Quantum Sail Design Group is a corporate sponsor and official sailmaker for the 2014 event.

Today, we moved between the Melges 20 and J/70 classes early in the day picking out Quantum sails and photographing and discussing our shapes and details and picking out the best of our competition and doing the same with them. With the wide range of classes available at Charleston Race Week we will be able to view multiple classes and continue to review both our sails and our competition.

It was a very productive day on the water with hundreds of pictures taken and pages of notes taken. The next step is reviewing the day’s work and conducting our analysis on everything we saw on the water.

Tomorrow is the first race day. We will again be on the water to help our Quantum teams have the best setup for the race.

Good luck to everyone! - AS

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