Rob Britts started racing as soon as he started sailing. Having competed on a variety of one design boats – including Thistles, Optis, 420s, Lasers, and more – he bought his first boat, a Melges 24, four years ago. Three years ago he switched to Quantum® sails. “The boat I bought was fairly competitive, but the sails weren’t giving me the performance that I needed. To take a step up and improve my boat speed, I needed something better. Marty Kullman is a good friend, so I called him. I tried Quantum, and I never looked back.”
It wasn’t until last year, however, that Britts fully experienced the quality and service of Quantum.
In October 2013, Britts bought a J/70. Excited by the momentum and size of the fleet, he wanted to join in the action. Applying many of the same principles he used on the Melges 24, the most important crossover he made was to continue his relationship with Kullman and Quantum sails. This year he’s already won the J70 Corinthian division at Quantum Key West Race Week, the Quantum J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island Yacht Club, and Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week.
Rob Britts and team on Hot Mess won the J/70 Corinthian division at Quantum Key West Race Week, the Quantum J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island Yacht Club, and Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. Photo © Chris Odom.
He attributes his success to the support and service of the Quantum team. “My ability to train with Marty is one of the reasons I’ve been so successful,” said Britts. “We’ve had a couple of design changes in the sails, but they’re continually improving. We take what we learn at each event and make a few key changes that have helped us finish first. We’ve had support across the board from Quantum, and that gave us the competitive edge in Charleston.”
Quantum representative Marty Kullman said its Quantum’s comprehensive service and training, including tuning, sail trimming, practice starts, and two-boat testing, that have made the difference in Britt’s performance. “When you look at a sailing team, it’s very complicated. When someone like Rob comes to us and says he wants to have better results, we help them build a team. What Quantum brings to the table is not just the sails. We help train the crew, identify strengths and weaknesses, set up the boat, and set goals to improve.
“It’s not only sail design. We provide a much higher level of hands-on, personal service.”
Britts is currently preparing for pre-worlds and the North American Championship, and the Quantum team is there to help. “I’m doing some boat-on-boat testing with Marty, and we may tune up in August with other Quantum boats.”
Britts hopes to finish in the top ten overall at both events, as well as winning the Corinthian division, and he plans to do it all with Quantum. “I’ve had a lot racing J70s so far,” he said. “It’s been easy because the boat’s going fast, and a lot of that is thanks to Marty, Scott [Nixon], and the Quantum team.”