Quantum Continues Melges 20 Domination with Top Finishes at Worlds and an Overall Sweep

Quantum® sails continued to dominate the Melges 20 class with second and third place finishes at the world championship in Lake Garda, Italy.  They also topped the Corinthian division, taking first and third. With these results tallied, Quantum sails finished on top of the 2014 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series in first, second, and third places.

At the World Championship, Aug. 25-26, Mascalzone Latino with helmsman Achille Onorato and Monaco Racing Fleet with helmsman Guido Miani each had a rough first race, finishing 18th and 27th in the 57-boat fleet. They recovered well, with Miani winning three heats and Onorato winning once and only dropping out of the top ten in one heat. They managed to come back, with Onorato taking second and Miani taking third. Also sailing with Quantum sails, Dario Levi on Remito D’aria stayed in the top ten with a sixth place finish. With these wins, the Quantum sailors swept the 2014 Audi Tron Sailing Season podium, with Miani, Onarato, and Levi taking the 1-2-3 spots.

Quantum also controlled the Corinthian division, with Marco Gambardella on Chimera in first and Paul Currie on Wild Deuces taking third. These wins come after a U.S. Nationals sweep, with Quantum teams claiming six of the top ten spots, including first through fourth (click here to read more on Nationals). Congratulations to everyone on an amazing season!

Melges 20 World Championship Results

2 – Achille Onarato, Mascalzone Latino

3 – Guido Miani, Monaco Racing Fleet

6 – Dario Levi, Fremio D’aria

Corinthian Division

1 – Marco Gambardella, Chimera

3 – Paul Currie, Wild Deuces

For full results, click here

2014 Audi Tron Sailing Season Overall Results

1 – Guido Miani, Monaco Racing Fleet 
2 – Achille Onarato, Mascalzone Latino 
3 – Dario Levi, Fremito D'aria

Quantum Melges 20 Sail Information

All Quantum teams sailed to victory using Quantum® stock class sails. A great advantage for Quantum customers is easy access to speed and set-up information shared by Quantum teams throughout the fleet. Quantum offers two mainsails for the different versions of Southern Spars mast, so the luff curve is perfect for each mast. For more information on Quantum’s fast M20 sails, contact Scott Nixon at snixon@quantumsails.com or 410-703-2578.

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Terry’s Tips: How to Get Up to Speed by Terry Hutchinson

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When you jump into a new boat, keep it simple.

Two weeks ago I had a great opportunity to sail my first J/70 event with two class veterans, Allan Terhune Jr. and Ray Wulff. As the rookie of the boat everything from launching to hoisting sails was new, and while it’s still “just a boat” I stood at times and took orders, as only a rookie should. The experience was a great reminder of how to do things simple, play to your strengths, and set simple goals.

Simple Keeping it simple was key and while the J/70 is not a tuning nightmare it does pose a variety of tension on rig tune and rake. Knowing that we could not adjust rake once we left the dock we set the length to allow a first timer in the boat a little more feel. As always, the easiest sailed boat is fast and this was no exception. Focusing on keeping the setup simple and easy was key to success on the day. Very early on in the exercise, after a couple of line-ups, we marked the mainsheet and jib sheets to duplicate. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with trimming to a mark for a course trim and fine-tuning from there.

Playing to our strengths As we set out on the first day, there was a bit of discussion about positions on board. Generally speaking, Ray does tactics (bow) on the J/70 he races and Allan is a boatspeed fanatic. There was more discussion of having Ray trim and Allan free for tactics, but after one tack we went for the change. Ray went straight to his comfort zone on the bow and Allan right into the boatspeed role. Very quickly we could see the fruition of the decision as each of us had a good feel for our respective roles. Having Allan focus on the boatspeed paid dividends, as inevitably every decision looks good if you are fast. Al’s attention to speed allowed Ray to make good decisions. I tried to steer the boat as fast as possible and not over think the adjustments. Knowing our strengths and understanding our limitations allowed us to do what we could well and not over think the simple points.

Goal setting Starting out in a boat with a new team had us all thinking about our own expectations. Being competitive, we all wanted to win and yet potentially that’s not realistic. The conversation quickly turned to what each one of us wanted out of the day. Ray wanted to learn settings and sail trim from Allan and win both races. Allan wanted to get a feel for his new Quantum sail designs and set up as well as understand the potential strengths and weaknesses of the Quantum settings. For me, not having driven the boat ever, I wanted to start well and do the best I could for Allan and Ray. This meant keeping my mouth shut, driving fast, and tacking the boat when I was told! Pretty simple really, and having been in the tacticians role for a few events, I know the benefit of a helmsman that can drive fast and provide feedback at the right time.

All in all, it was a successful day, we met our goals, and yet it was a great reminder to the process of success. Allowing everybody on the boat to play to their strengths as a team ultimately kept things very simple. This process can get more convoluted as the team size grows or teams struggle to find success within competition. A good process of debriefing to identifying strengths and weaknesses will help any team to get better. These experiences, individually and together, allow a team to develop, grow, and improve.

Terry's Tip: How to Get Up To Speed, Reprinted from SailingWorld.com


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Quantum Dominates Melges 20 Podium, Going 1,2,3 at Nationals

After three days of variable conditions, Quantum-powered teams controlled the podium at last weekend’s Melges 20 U.S. National Championship. Cesar Gomes Neto on Portobello, Drew Weirda and Quantum rep Scott Nixon on W, and Marc Hollerbach on Fu finished first, second, and third at the Quantum-dominated event.

The three-day event in Newport, Rhode Island featured sixteen boats racing in a variety of conditions. After an opening day of light air and a second day of tricky conditions, the third day of racing provided 10-15 knot breezes for the final events. Portobello, including Neto, tactician Andre Forseca, and Quantum rep John Bowden, managed to stay at the front of the pack through all three days, finishing in third place only once and winning both races on the final day despite an OCS on the last race. He claimed the title with an impressive thirteen points, sixteen points ahead of second place.

Quantum sailors finished strong throughout the fleet, taking six of the top ten spots, including winning first and second in the Corinthian division. Quantum-powered boats won seven of the eight event races, proving that they are the fastest sails in the fleet.

Congratulations to every, and good luck at the 2014 World Championship in Italy!

Megles 20 U.S. National Championship Results

1 – Cesar Gomes Neto, Portobello

2 – Drew Weirda, W

3 – Marc Hollerbach, Fu

4 – Jason Michas, Midnight Blue

6 – Michael Kiss, Bacio

8 – Morgan Kiss, Baciami – GoDaddy Racing powered by Danica

For full results, click here

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