Quantum Sailors Take Top Two Spots in Newport’s J/70 Class

Quantum dominated the J/70 class at the 2014 Newport Regatta last weekend with reps Allan Terhune, Jr. and Marty Kullman finishing in first and second places. Aboard Dazzler, Terhune scratched the results of a disastrous 23rd place finish in the third race, coming back to win the fourth race and finish at the head of the fleet with sixteen points.
“We had a really bad start in the third race, but we were able to pull it back together,” he said. “We knew we were really fast, the boat was going well, so we stuck to the plan, and that’s how we recovered. We didn’t over complicate things. The plan was to sail conservative, sail smart, let the team lead us through the trouble spots, and let the boat pull us through.”
Also sailing strong and consistently was Marty Kullman aboard Touch2Play, taking second place with twenty-four points. “We had good starts and good speed in the lumpy conditions,” he said. “That gave us options to manage the shifts up the beats. We sailed conservative and our results show it.”
Both teams will see each other again this weekend when they meet in Rochester for the J/70 North American Championship. Congratulations, and good luck!

To see full results from the Newport Regatta, click here

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2014 Pacific Cup Underway

The boats left Point Richmond, California last week on their way to Kaneohe, Hawaii for the 2014 Pacific Cup, the fun race to Hawaii. Quantum rep Patrick Whitmarsh is among the racers looking forward to twenty knots of breeze and t-shirts and shorts on deck.
The newest addition to Quantum Pacific, Whitmarsh knew that when he entered the sail industry he wanted to do it at Quantum Sail Design Group. “I know Ed Reynolds, Farley Fontenot, and the guys at the local office,” he said. “I have respect for them, and the company has a great reputation that’s based on the staff. I wanted to work with the people who are involved with Quantum, and I’m happy to be part of the Quantum team.”
Whitmarsh and the other Quantum Pacific reps have been busy in and out of the loft the past few weeks helping sailors prep for the off-shore race. “The depth of our staff helps set us apart from other sailmakers,” Whitmarsh said. “We can offer more experienced manpower toward getting boats ready.”
In addition to servicing many Pac Cup sails under the guidance of Service Manager Ben Mercer, they also participated in the Pacific Offshore Academy, a series of informational sessions prior to the race. Whitmarsh, Jeff Thorpe, and Will Paxton presented “Winning Sails Strategies,” a session on sail inventory and how to decide which sails to use.
Whitmarsh is looking forward to his fourth Pac Cup, his first as a Quantum rep. “It’s a unique race because it’s one of the largest races on the West Coast,” he said. “It’s an amazing experience.” 

For more information on the Pacific Cup, or to follow the race results, click here

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Perseverance Pays Off for Newport-Bermuda Winners Mike and Connie Cone

Mike and Connie Cone with crew aboard ACTAEA. Photo courtesy of Connie Cone.
Twenty-five years ago, Mike and Connie Cone bought a Hinckley Bermuda 40, ACTAEA, to go off-shore cruising. When a friend suggested racing, they thought they’d give it a try. In 1995 they entered their first race, the Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race, and they were hooked. Last month they won their first Newport-Bermuda race, where they walked away with nine trophies.
The Cones entered their first Newport-Bermuda race in 1996. “We did terribly in our first race,” said Mike. “I was horribly discouraged and thought it was a mistake that I would never repeat.” That year’s winner, however, gave a speech on perseverance, so the Cones decided to try again.
They continued racing, but it wasn’t until 2008 that they started thinking about winning. “That year was a difficult race for us, the conditions were really inappropriate for our boat, yet we got into Bermuda in less than five days and placed in the middle of our class,” said Mike. “That woke me up. We’d gotten our boat to a place where she could perform really well.”
Their winning streak began in 2010 with the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s cup. “We won our class quite handily,” said Mike. “Since then, we’ve entered seventeen medium-long distance races and have won or placed in sixteen of them.”
The Newport-Bermuda race, however, evaded them until this year. Not only did they win the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy, they won eight additional trophies. Mike said it was his crew’s determination that propelled them to victory. “When we arrived in Newport, we were determined to do as well as we possibly could. The least experienced crew has sailed 3,000 miles on this boat, so even though our sail combinations are incredibly complex, everyone knew what to use when.”
He attributes much of that knowledge to the service he’s received from Quantum Sail Design Group. “In our first Marion-Bermuda race, we used other sails, and the last one didn’t arrive until the night before the race. I immediately went over to Quantum. Tad Hutchins and the designers and naval architect Jim Ryan have spent a lot of time working with us, tweaking the designs of the sails. Because of the nature of ACTAEA, we can fly five sails at once, so it’s important that they work together.”
In addition to creating the perfect sails for ACTAEA, Hutchins also provided on-board training for the crew. “Tad’s been out on the boat numerous times,” said Mike. “He spent nine hours with us one day working on tension, setting sails, and on and on. It was enormously helpful, and one of the reasons we won. We are very happy Quantum customers.”
Next up for the Cones is the Governor’s Cup in August, where they’ll defend their title, before preparing for the Baltimore City Yacht Association Baltimore Harbor Cup in October. Until then, Mike and Connie continue to sail and hope to encourage others the same way they were encouraged.
“In 1996, ACTAEA and I finished last,” he said, “but what I learned was that perseverance and examination of past performances can help you learn from past mistakes, and your losses can become your victories.”
The crew of ACTAEA, winners of the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy. 
Photo courtesy of Connie Cone.
ACTAEA Trophy List, 2014 Bermuda Race
St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy: Corrected time winner, St. David’s Lighthouse division
Class 1, ORR fleet: 1st place
Corinthian Trophy: Best Performance by an all-amateur crew, St. David’s Division
Eastern Ocean Racing Championship Prize: Best combined performance between current Newport-Bermuda race and the prior Annapolis-Newport Race
George W. Mixter Trophy, St. David’s Division: To the navigator of ACTAEA, Stan Sneath
William C. Finley Trophy: Yacht older than fifteen years with the best corrected time, St David’s Lighthouse Division
Dorade Trophy: Best corrected time by a vintage yacht (older than twenty-five years)
Cruising Club of America Bermuda Station Trophy: Best corrected time by a vessel skippered by a CCA or Royal Bermuda Yacht Club member
Chesapeake Station of the CCA Memorial Trophy: Best performance by a vessel from the Chesapeake Region
ACTAEA races toward Bermuda. Photo by Daniel Forster.
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