Quantum Sails Bristol


112 Tupelo Street
Bristol, RI 02809


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Main: 401-254-0970


Monday - Friday
7:00am - 4:30pm

New sails

About Quantum Sails Bristol

It’s one thing to make exceptional sails, but at Quantum Sails Bristol we go even further by making your challenges our own. With superior and personalized customer service, our sail consultants are with you every step of the way as loyal advisors, friends, and fellow sailors.

In our Service Department, we provide a full range of professional sail care and repair services for sails and canvas – from simple repairs to precise sail re-cuts. The first step for any project is an understanding of your needs and an evaluation in order to provide you with an accurate, up-front estimate of time and cost.

Services Include

  • New Sails
  • Multipoint Inspections
  • Sail Repairs
  • Annual Sail & Canvas Maintenance
  • Sail Removal & Installation
  • Sail Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Same Day/Overnight Repair Services
  • Precision Sail Re-Cuts
  • Sail Conversions
  • Sail/Hardware Upgrades
  • Custom Canvas
  • And much more...

Meet Your Quantum Team

At Quantum, we’re connected to sailors everywhere by our love of sailing and the belief that facing a challenge head on is infinitely rewarding. With a desire to serve and problem-solving approach, our local team is dedicated to being a trusted resource for all your sailing needs. We look forward to earning your business.

Choose a Team Member

Gary Leduc

When Gary Leduc was five years old, his neighbor offered to teach him to sail if Gary would help him put together a wooden skiff. Gary agreed, and he’s been sailing ever since. A lifelong fan of the water, he spent most of his high school and college years sailing and surfing, even missing school to enjoy the water. When his neighbor, and owner of Manchester Sails, heard about Gary’s passion, he offered to teach Gary how to make sails. That offer turned into a career in the sailmaking industry.

Gary started making sails in 1969. He has been working at Quantum Bristol for more than 20 years, since before they joined Quantum Sails. He learned his trade the traditional way, making everything by hand. Today, his main focus is designing all types of cruising sails for yachts up to 60 feet.

As a member of the Quantum group, Gary has access to not only the best sail-making technology, but also to the most knowledgeable sailors in the country. “If you have a question, I can quickly Skype with or email someone and always get the answer,” he said. He uses those resources to make sure each of his clients not only get the best product, but also the best information and service. “I want to help educate them about the product and make them feel warm and comfortable,” Gary said. “In the end, they aren’t going to buy something from you if they don’t feel good about the conversation they’ve had with you.”

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Operations Manager/Sail Consultant & Designer
  • Current Town: Bristol
Career highlights
  • Lifetime experience on Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound
  • Block Island Race Week, 30+ years
  • Buzzards Bay Regatta, 30+ years
  • Nine Newport/Bermuda races, including a win in 1984
  • Multiple Key West Race Weeks and Marblehead/Halifax races
  • Sailed aboard J-boat Endeavor during her East coast tour
  • Currently sailing aboard the J-111 Wicked 2.0 as crew boss/jib trimmer
  • 50,000+ offshore miles between New England and the British Virgin Islands
Steve Thurston

The son and grandson of sailmakers at the Herreshoff Co. sail loft in Bristol, Steve was rooted in sailmaking at an early age. He grew up sailing on Narragansett Bay, worked summers at Thurston Sails, and sailed for the Barrington Yacht Club. He earned a college degree in accounting, but knew he didn’t want to do that for a living. Instead, he joined the family business in 1974 and went on to learn every aspect of sailmaking. He joined Quantum Sails in 1997.

Steve has raced and cruised on everything from dinghies to mega-yachts, from the Caribbean to Nova Scotia. In addition to winning many local and bay championships, his sailing highlights include a dozen Newport-Bermuda Races, several Double-Handed Bermuda Races, an overall win in the Marion-Bermuda Race, and an overall win at the 2011 Charleston Race Week.

Steve offers a wide range of sail products that can be tailored to best fit his clients’ needs and budgets. Whether racing or cruising, the superior quality of Quantum sails combined with Steve’s knowledge and experience help him exceed his customers’ expectations.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Owner, Quantum Sails Bristol
Career highlights
  • Newport-Bermuda
  • Marion-Bermuda
  • Block Island Race Week
  • Edgartown Race Week
  • Buzzards Bay Regatta,
  • Charleston Race Week,
  • Key West Race Week
  • Swan Regatta
  • SORC
  • Marblehead Halifax
  • Caribbean 1500
  • Double-Handed Newport-Bermuda
  • NBYA Championships

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