8 Keys to Successful Jib Trim for the J/70

By Allan Terhune, Jr. & Nick Turney
Quantum One Design

A lot of conversations we have with J/70 owners boil down to two things: more speed and easier set-up. With that in mind, we collaborated on some keys to successful jib trim. Nick, with Quantum Sails Cleveland, crewed for the Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD winner, USA 419. Following are eight tips that will help any team get more speed while streamlining set-up. As always, give us a call with any questions you have about your boat.

1. Have marks on your sheets and deck for repeatable trim settings. This is crucial so that you can go back to where you were time and time again.



2. Communicate frequently with your helmsman regarding current mode: Speed-build mode, height mode, etc. This will require a different set up and trim, but is easier to do if you are both on the same page.

3. Mark your spreaders for reference on jib leech settings. This gives the helmsman a good visual from the rail to repeat settings.

4. This goes without saying, but always keep the leech telltales flowing, especially in the lighter air. Once up to speed, trim as tight as you can without stalling.

5. Ideal set-up is the top slightly open, mid-batten parallel to boat and lower batten slightly hooked.

6. A good guide for the jib car is when the sheet is coming off the clew at 45 degrees off the car. Be aggressive with your settings. If you want to inhaul more, you will need to move the lead aft. No inhauling, lead forward.

7. Constantly adjust the halyard to have just a hint of wrinkles along the luff. When pressure comes, do not be shy of pulling halyard on.

8. For the Annapolis NOOD, we only inhauled a maximum of one inch. We had the lead more forward with tighter sheet tension, which gave the helmsman a wider groove to drive. This is important for down-speed maneuvers and coming off the start line.

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Quantum Annapolis Hand-Crafts Sails for USCG Eagle

Built in 1936, the USCG Eagle serves the Coast Guard as a training vessel for academy cadets and officer candidates. The largest tall ship still flying the stars and stripes, the cutter uses 28 sails. This year, Quantum Sail Design Group helped replace two of those sails – a unique and memorable experience for any sail maker.

The Eagle was originally a German Navy vessel. Taken as a war prize after World War II, a US Coast Guard crew sailed it to New London, Connecticut in 1946. Part of that crew included Lt. Roy M. Hutchins Jr., father to long-time Quantum rep Tad Hutchins.

Today the Eagle is used as a training vessel for Coast Guard Academy cadets and officer candidates. Each sailor must learn to handle the more than 200 lines – almost six miles of rigging – and 22,000 square feet of sails.

To make sure the ship is in good sailing condition, the Coast Guard replaces two sails each year. This year, Quantum bid on and won the contract to build a top gallant and inner jib at the Annapolis loft.

Quantum’s National Service Director Charlie Saville said the experience provided many unique opportunities and challenges. “Most of the time we have a designer who uses a CAD program to design a sail,” he said. “They’ll design it in 3D and the computer spits out all the details – you need to make panels like this and that. You’re basically putting the pieces of a puzzle together. That’s how almost every sail is made these days.

"The big difference was that we made these sails by hand. The designer drew out each design by hand, chalking out the basic dimensions on the floor. I’m gob smacked that we have people who can still do it that way. It’s a dying art form.”

Quantum designer Doug Stewart, however, is skilled in that art form. He designed the gallant and jib with the help of a 16-page design brief provided by the Coast Guard to make sure the sails were made consistently with their current sails. After drafting the sails and rolling out the cloth, the material went to the Newport, Rhode Island loft for assembly before returning to Annapolis for the handwork and detailing.

The biggest challenge, however came when the sails were finished. “The hardest challenge was the sheer enormity of the sails,” said Saville. “They’re not the largest sails we’ve built, but they were, by far, some of the heaviest sails we’ve ever done. We used heavy, durable, old-school cloth. It took four of us to move one across the floor and we couldn’t lift it when we were done. We had to hoist it with a lift.”

The work was incredibly labor intensive, but Saville said it was worth it when they finally delivered the sails. “The favorite part for all of us was going to the Coast Guard station in Baltimore. We were able to go aboard the Eagle and see what the sails would look like and how they would fit. That was the real wow factor.”

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Quantum Welcomes New Affiliate, Quantum Sails Rochester

ROCHESTER, NY—Quantum Sail Design Group is pleased to introduce its newest affiliate loft, Quantum Sails Rochester, NY, owned by Kristofer Werner. Werner recently purchased Rochester-based Haarstick Sailmakers from legendary sailmaker Stephen Haarstick, and has transitioned the business to Quantum Sails Rochester.

“Quantum finds its roots in the Great Lakes with its headquarters in Traverse City, MI, and we couldn’t be more excited to tap into their expertise and offer our customers the highest quality sails and service that all our customers deserve,” Werner said.

Quantum President Ed Reynolds shares in Werner’s excitement and believes Quantum Rochester will strengthen Quantum’s presence throughout the Midwest, particularly in the Great Lakes region. “Kris and team bring a high level of expertise and commitment to the amazing service that Quantum prides itself on delivering.” We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Quantum Sails Rochester to our network.”

Joining Werner at Quantum Sails Rochester with a combined 37 years of sailmaking experience are team members Travis Odenbach, One-Design/Sail Consultant, Doug Burtner, Loft Manager; and Will Johnston, Service Manager.

Werner is a graduate of New York Maritime College earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and Business. Both Werner and Odenbach hold several national titles ranging from 8meters to the J/24. Werner is a member of the Rochester Yacht Club and a supporter of Rochester Community Boating Foundation.

Werner and Odenbach will also be part of the Quantum One Design team, focusing on the J/24, J/22, J/70, Ideal 18 and Ensign classes.

Quantum Rochester is a full-service loft located at 1461 Hudson Ave., Rochester, NY.

For more information, contact:
Kris Werner
Quantum Sails Rochester
1461 Hudson Ave.
Rochester NY 14621
kwerner@quantumsails.com
(585) 342 – 5200

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