The Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland saw rough seas and shifty, northwesterly winds on the final days of racing, but Quantum’s own Terry Flynn and Kerry Klingler sailed strong and consistently to take second and third places at the 2014 J/80 World Championship.
The 32-boat fleet raced sixteen times over the course of six days, with the lead shifting between teams as they battled weather and each other for a spot on the podium. In the end, it was consistency and experience that kept Flynn and Klingler in the top three.
“We improved dramatically after the first two days of racing,” said Klingler. “The key was getting better starts, improving course tactics, and having great boat speed. In the light winds we went with slightly looser intermediate and lower tension. This seemed to power up the rig better. Our crew weight was fifty pounds under the limit. With this in mind in the heavier winds, we tended to sail high and were able to keep competitive with heavier boats.”
Overall, Quantum-powered boats claimed five of the top ten places, with Quantum® sails winning seven of sixteen races. Congratulations to everyone on a great event, and congratulations to Terry Flynn and Kerry Klingler on their podium finishes!
2014 J/80 World Championship Results
2 – Terry Flynn, Quantum Racing
3 – Kerry Klingler, Lifted
7 – John Storck Jr./John Storck III, Rumor
8 – Paul Parsons, Parsons Project*
9 – Forbes Durdin, Mojito
10 – David Andril, VAYU
*Sailing with partial Quantum inventory.
For full results of the 2014 J/80 World Championship, click here.