Teamwork and Quantum Sails Lead Teams to J/111 Victory

After four days of racing in two locations, Quantum sails led teams to first and third on the podium while claiming four of the top five spots at the J/111 World Championship in Newport, Rhode Island last week.

Quantum’s own Marty Kullman sailed on Bob Hesse’s Lake Effect. Though breezes were a little light, he said the inside and outside racing at both locations was great – even the distance race, which was different for a world championship, but well-liked by the racers.

The team on Lake Effect placed third overall, which is great for a team who’s just getting to know each other. “Our team was really pretty new,” said Kullman. “We’d never sailed together, so our team spent a lot of time trying to get used to each other.”

He said they didn’t have a single best moment, but the championship itself was a great experience. “We were getting used to being a team for the first time and were just trying to communicate well. We improved over the week and had the best results the owner’s ever had at a regatta.”

Kullman said he enjoys the J/111 fleet because races are determined by teamwork, not the boats. “All of the boats basically go the same speed,” he said. “When all the boats are really the same, it comes down to teamwork. It’s really tactical in nature. It’s not overly professional-burdened – you’re only allowed to have one pro on a boat – so that puts a premium on family and team.” (Are you building your team? Check out our latest series on turning a good crew into a great team.

A look at the scores shows how evenly matched the fleet is, with seven different boats finishing first throughout the 9-race weekend. In the end, though, it was Quantum-powered My Sharona who took the title with two individual wins and a 15-point margin. Lake Effect took third, with Wind Czar and Spaceman Spiff – both using Quantum sails – in fourth and fifth places. 

There were also 10 Quantum reps at the championship both on and off the water.

Kullman said the results are a testament to the time and attention they have given to the J/111 fleet for the past year. “Our results on and off the water show the efforts we’ve put in regarding servicing our clients. Almost half the fleet used Quantum sails,” he said. 

Congratulations to everyone on an amazing weekend!

J/111 World Championship
1 – George Gamble, My Sherona
3 – Bob Hesse, Lake Effect
4 – Richard Lehmann, Wind Czar
5 – Rob Ruhlman, Spaceman Spiff

For full results, click here

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Meet Our Newest Loft: Quantum Sails Rochester

Ensign - Green text QSR

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!


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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).

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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

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Chicago NOOD Delivers All Kinds of Weather and Top Quantum Finishers

The Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta on June 12-14 provided a great opportunity for sailors to test their abilities. With everything from torrential downpours to ideal conditions, racers worked hard for their wins in the multi-class regatta.

The regatta started Friday with 18-20 knots of northerly winds and rain. Though the rain cleared up, the wind remained, providing challenging, choppy water. Saturday conditions were perfect, with light southeast winds that disappeared in the afternoon. Though the heavens threatened on Sunday, warm conditions dispersed the clouds and cleared up the afternoon skies.

In the 13-boat J/70 fleet, Chicago’s own Bob Willis sailed Ole Tipsy Three through 12 races. Despite the weather he sailed consistently throughout the weekend, never placing lower than seventh and just missing the podium with a fourth place finish. Over in the Farr 40 division, Christopher Whitford on Hot Lips also kept the sailing consistent, with two finishes each in second, third, and fifth places and an overall third place finish.

In the one-race PHRF offshore races, Tom Gorey’s Elan 39 took fourth in his fleet with Frank Giampoli’s J/120* finishing second in his. 

Congratulations to everyone on your hard-earned victories! The next Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta will be July 23-26 in Marblehead.

Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta

4 – Bob Willis, Old Tipsy Three

Farr 40
3 – Christopher Whitford, Hot Lips

PHFR Offshore 1
2 – Frank Giampoli, Jahazi*

PHRF Offshore 2
4 – Tom Gorey, Runaway

*Sailing with a partial Quantum inventory.

For full results from the Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta, click here

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