J/70 World Championships – We’ve Got You Covered

For support before or during the J/70 Worlds, call on any of the following Quantum® team members who will be attending:

Wally Cross, 586-596-8854wcross@quantumsails.com
Farley Fontenot, 281-381-9030farley@quantumsails.com
Kerry Klingler, 914-924-3466kklingler@quantumsails.com
Marty Kullman, 727-560-0164mkullman@quantumsails.com
Scott Nixon, 410-703-2578snixon@quantumsails.com
Randy Shore, 401-849-7700rshore@quantumsails.com
Allen Terhune, 732-644-1051aterhune@quantumsails.com
Nightly sail service will be available. Best of luck to all teams!

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Quantum Racing Reigns Supreme with Second Consecutive 52 SUPER SERIES Win

Quantum Racing at Cope del Rey MAPFRE. Photo by Keith Brash.

With only four points between them, Quantum Racing and Ran Racing entered the third and final day of the 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE with the title up for grabs, but after ten races, experience trumped momentum as Quantum Racing claimed the King’s Cup for the second year in a row. The Barclay’s 52 Super Series win was the second consecutive win for Quantum Racing, adding it to their world title in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

Before the final races began, Quantum Racing started with a team meeting. Team Manager and Quantum President Ed Reynolds said the team had one goal. “The King’s Cup was on the line,” he said. “We started out really strong, but each of these events ends up like this, with just a few points separating the top boats. The guys were ready. They’re pretty battle tested with this kind of thing.”

The last day of racing at the Copa del Rey MAPFRE in Palma, Spain boasted some of the hottest temperatures of the season as teams prepared to race for the King’s Cup. Swedish team Ran Racing had built momentum through the second part of the regatta and trailed by only four points. With brisk 17-20 knot conditions and steep, choppy seas, Quantum Racing was able to set themselves into Ran’s lee bow in the final seconds of the last race, forcing them to the less favored side of the course. Quantum Racing finished that race in third, but Ran Racing came in sixth, preserving Quantum’s lead and securing their back-to-back King’s Cup victory.

Quantum Racing, owned by Doug DeVos, is led by America’s Cup winner Ed Baird. Tactician Terry Hutchinson said this year’s race was the most challenging. “I’ve done this regatta three times, and this one was by far the hardest.

“We led a lot of times at the top mark then Ran would pass us. The interesting thing about racing on this course is that it is two or three tenths of a mile longer than those which we are normally using. That allows a pretty good opportunity downwind to reel us all in. Today we sailed above our sweet spot, and we went away from them downwind. It’s a little bit of a game of swings and roundabouts.”

The final event of the 52 SUPER SERIES, the Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza, starts September 17.

To see full results from the Barclay’s 52 SUPER SERIES, click here

For more information on Quantum Racing, click here

Leading the way at Cope del Rey MAPFRE. Photo by Keith Brash.

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Inspiring “Green Horn Kids” Complete First Bayview Mackinac Race

The Green Horn Kids head to the starting line. (l-r): Stuart Fletcher, Tommy Caulfield, Colin Hexter, Ryan Hexter, Leo Buchanan, Tom Caulfield.

Tom Caulfield started the Green Horn Kids program as a way to introduce his son to big-boat racing. Last month, with a crew of six boys, ages 8-10 years old, Christina with a Sea II pulled into the Mackinac Island marina forty-six hours and twenty-eight minutes after leaving Port Huron, Michigan, as part of the 2014 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. Together with his son’s friends and their dads, and thanks to the generosity of boat owner Ari Buchanan, not only did the Green Horn Kids finish the race, they also inspired others to introduce young sailors to big-boat racing.

“It was fantastic,” said Tom. “They did more than sixty percent of the actual sailing, and they saw everything – thirty knot breeze, torrential rain, eight-foot waves, no wind. All the kids were fully engaged.”

Tom and the other dads spent the winter and spring teaching and training with their sons for the overnight race, including spending time at the Quantum Detroit loft working with Wally Cross and Gary Jacoby. The practice paid off, as Tom said the young crew was fully prepared for the event. “They were incredible. They knew what to do, they were all up-to-speed on safety. The safety inspector came on board before the race, and he was shocked that every one of the kids knew where all the safety gear was and how it worked.”

Danny Gerhardstein elected to take the helm so his teammates could eat lunch.

It wasn’t simply their knowledge of the boat that helped them through two-days on the water, though. “Their team work was better than I expected,” said Tom. “We set up a watch – four hours on, four hours off. A couple of hours into the race the kids caught on to the concept. They really worked together to get it down. They kept track of everything, made sure the safety equipment was set, even helped get food for each other. Having six kids spend forty-six hours fully engaged and helping each other displayed a great amount of team work. I was really pleased with them.”

For the boys, it was nothing short of an adventure. Ten year old Leo Buchanan has been sailing Optis for five years, but enjoyed his first big-boat race. “They said it would be a light-wind race, but we got wind speeds of thirty knots. That surprised me,” he said. It made for some enjoyable sailing though. “My favorite part was traveling up Presque Isle. It was very wavy, but it was fun.”

Stuart Fletcher, now eleven, said the ever-changing weather taught them a lot about sailing. “Sailing at night was a lot harder than I thought it would be,” he said. “The weather changes a lot during the evening, so you have to deal with that.” For him, those changes added to the excitement. “It’s an adventure. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Tommy Caulfield, Tom’s eight year-old son, said he would encourage any kid interested in sailing to try it. “It’s a great experience on the water,” he said. “We are the first group of kids to do the Mackinac race, and we want people to know how much fun it was. It was a lot of work, but it was fun.”

Approaching 9 knots, though the race reached 30 knots at times. All of the boys agreed: their favorite part was going fast!

Though the boys took control of the boat and made most of the decisions, their dads were on board with them, sharing watches and helping as needed. They also shared in the experience as their kids guided the boat toward a waiting crowd on Mackinac Island.

“I’ve done 15-16 races, and as we crossed the finish line, this is the first race when I’ve heard people cheering and yelling on shore,” said Tom. “As we approached, there were 50-60 people on the dock welcoming us, including the race chairman. It really gave the boys a boost and helped them see that they’d accomplished something incredibly big.”

With the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race behind them, the Green Horn Kids are looking ahead to next year, but Tom says the positive response has been so big that he’s not exactly sure what’s next. “We’ve been approached by people that have a definite interest, but we’re not sure how the Green Horn Kids will morph in the immediate future. Our biggest goal is to build, and we’re planning to do a lot, we just don’t know yet how it will look.”

One thing’s for sure, though. Tom achieved his original goal of inspiring a new generation of big-boat sailors that have fallen in love with the water. “During the race, Stuart’s father told me that his son asked how much longer to the finish. His dad thought Stuart was getting bored or looking forward to the end. He told Stuart we had forty miles, or about eight hours left.” His son’s response: can’t we just keep sailing?

To learn more about the Green Horn Kids program, click here

To see results of the 2014 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, click here.

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