We are very excited to welcome Quantum Sails Rochester! With representation stretching approximently 300 miles, from one Great Lake to another, and over 65 years of sailmaking experience, we are confident that the Rochester area will be well taken care of with the quality and standards you expect from Quantum. They are ready to help in any way you need – whether you need new sails, advice, or a repair – you name it.
Read below to learn more about the team and feel free to reach out to any of them with questions!
Kris Werner: Owner/President
Kris Werner is a graduate of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, earning an unlimited tonnage/oceans USCG license and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and Business. For several years he served as a collegiate sailing coach and then as a ships officer on ocean going tankers. He came to Rochester 12 years ago as a Chief Officer on the Rochester Fast Ferry. Following that he was a Broker with RCR Yachts and also starting working with Steve Haarstick on designs for Beneteau 40.7's and his J/24. For 3 years he worked at Haarstick Sailmakers starting his transition into becoming the owner of this sail loft. Kris has extensive experience on Offshore and One-Design racing campaigns both driving and crewing. Among keeping busy sailing and running his new business, Kris is the proud father of three energetic boys; Steven(8), Chase(7), and Austin(4).
Doug Burtner: Loft Manager
Doug Burtner joins us from right here, doing what he's been doing for 17 years; making, selling and servicing sails. Doug started making sails when he was 20 years old. After 4 years of making and repairing sails he became the head salesman for Haarstick Sailmakers while still being involved with computer cutting, producing, and inspecting all new sails. Customers around Rochester know Doug for his positive approach to sailing and always enjoy having him out on the boat sailing with them. When Doug is not making sails or sailing with customers he is home working on his house and spending time with his 3 lovely ladies, wife Erin and 2 daughters, Charlotte(6) and Caroline(4). Doug is also proud to be a part of Quantum's Ensign Class Team, and oversee prodution of all upwind sails.
Travis Odenbach: One Design Specialist / Guru
Travis has risen to the top of the OD circuit in multiple classes in a short amount of time. In the J/24 Class he has won the North Americans, with multiple top three finishes in the Nationals, North Americans and Worlds Championships. In the Beneteau 36.7 he has helped to win 3 North American Championships. In the J/22 he has had multiple top 5 finishes in the World and NA Championships. Around the country you can find Travis winning many regional events driving his own J/24 and helping out customers on J/70's, J/24's, J/22's, Ideal 18's as well as other larger boats including a Carkeek HPR 40 he just did the Annapolis to Newport regatta on, where they won their division. Travis is also part of Quantum's team of J/24 Class Experts. When not sailing for work Travis enjoys sailing his Moth.
Will Johnston: Service Manager
Will started making sails in 1999 at Quantum Sails Traverse City. Spent 2 years at North Sails Chicago and 2 years at UK Chicago before going back to Quantum Traverse City for the better part of the next decade. Will's canvas background came from a 2 year apprenticeship at a nationally renowned canvas shop. Will has been working at this location for 2 years and has proven his skills with a pair of scissors and a sewing machine. We are lucky to have him here. When Will isn't being a sailmaker he is an avid windsurfer, surfer, sailor and telemark skier.
Marsha Wait – Service in Sodus at Kaitlyn Marine / Quantum Loft
Marsha joined the Haarstick loft shortly after her 19th birthday. She had a natural feel for sewing and quickly moved herself into the position of head seamstress. When Haarstick moved from Ithaca to Rochester, Marsha followed. She took a short break to raise two daughters and when they could walk, bought a yachting flag and banner business which she still maintains. When the family moved to a cottage for summers in Sodus Point, she was asked to take over the Sill loft to handle sail repairs for the boats on the bay. Last summer she returned to the Haarstick Rochester loft as the primary sail repair person.
She is excited for the opportunity to be working for Quantum Sails Rochester in Sodus Point to handle sail/canvas repairs and more.
Justin Hays: Buffalo/Youngstown Service Representative
Justin is a teacher in the Buffalo area and has been sailing his whole life. 12 years ago he started coaching the racing team in Youngstown NY (North of Buffalo). After 2 years for the 10 years following he was the Head Sailing Team Coach for the Youngstown Yacht Club. He also became the Director of the Buffalo High School Sailing Team from 2010-13. Justin has also raced in many major regatta's on many different boats. He is well known in the Buffalo/Youngstown area (and beyond) as being a perfect addition to any team on any boat. We are very excited to have such a great sailor and person join our team to represent us on the Western NY waters of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Please get in touch with us if you would like to have Justin come out and take your sailing program to the next level.
Quantum Sails Rochester
1461 Hudson Avenue
Rochester, NY 14621