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Quantum Sails Chicago

Address:

524 West 26th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
USA

Email

Contact this loft

Phone

Main: 312-225-0801
Fax: 312-225-0804

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Weekends by appointment

New sails

About Quantum Sails Chicago

It’s one thing to make exceptional sails, but at Quantum Sails Chicago 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.

Because of our unique geographical location, we service several states, covering the southern end of Lake Michigan up to Muskegon, as far south as Tennessee, north to Wisconsin and Minnesota, and west to Missouri and Iowa. At distant locations, Quantum offers pick-up and drop-off services in cooperation with local marine providers or can help arrange shipping from your location. Contact a member of our service team at (312) 225-0801 to discuss your needs.

Services Include

  • Multipoint Inspections
  • Sail Repairs
  • Annual Sail & Canvas Maintenance
  • Sail Removal & Installation
  • Sail Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Sail and Canvas Washing
  • Canvas Waterproofing
  • Sail Mildew Removal, Mitigation and Prevention
  • Same Day/Overnight Repair Services
  • Precision Sail Recuts
  • Sail Conversions
  • Sail/Hardware Upgrades
  • New Canvas
  • Rigging

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

A born traveler, Todd Basch—"Basch"—went to Alaska for work and adventure following high school on the East Coast. Winter pending, he flew to Hawaii for its warmth, and found sailing. Or sailing found him. Crewing charter trimarans in the substantial seas between the islands established the foundation of his love of sailboats. Continuing his travels, he worked for a sailing charter company in St. Thomas, maintaining boats and escorting charterers, and at the end of the season joined a crew to deliver an Ocean 71 to Southampton, England. Following another season, Basch joined the crew of the Harvey Gamage to deliver the vintage schooner to Gloucester, Massachusetts.

A passion became a livelihood when Basch worked in his first loft in San Francisco in 1986. Since then, he has worked in lofts in Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Antigua, France, and England. Attracted by the size and complexity of mega yachts, Basch became a specialist in super yacht sail construction and installation. He trimmed main for the one and only race of M5, the largest sloop in the world. He raced a vintage 12 Meter at the America Cup Jubilee in 2001, and has sailed in both the Bermuda and Halifax ocean races.

"Quantum combines the sophistication of grand prix technology with a commitment to the practical needs of day sailors and ocean cruisers on every size of boat," says Basch. "The company's depth of experience and devotion to sailors inspires solutions for every client.

I have had the privilege of building sails for and sailing with all kinds of sailors in all kinds of places. The first order of business with any sailor is to understand their boat and their sailing preferences. Sailboats are personal. At its best, my range of experience opens my mind to the needs of a particular sailor."

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Loft Service Manager
  • Current Town: Chicago
Dave Gerber

Dave Gerber is an experienced sailing professional, coach and instructor now based in Chicago where he continues to offer technical sales support and consultation for Quantum® sails.

Dave started working with Quantum Sails president Ed Reynolds in Northern Michigan before Quantum existed. They started together at Reynolds Sail Company in Traverse City and then worked with Sobstad Sails and Shore Sails before Reynolds co-founded Quantum Sails in 1996.

In 2007, Dave left the sailmaking world to sail and coach professionally. He's won multiple national, North American, and world championships in J/22, J/24, J/111, Melges 24 and Farr 40 classes.

In 2017, Dave returned to Quantum Sails dividing his time between Northern Michigan and Chicago to provide technical support and sail consultations. He uses his diverse experience to help clients get the most out of their time on the water. "One thing I truly enjoy about sailing is coaching and instructing new sailors," said Dave. "It's wonderful to see someone you taught succeed at sailing."

Along with his Quantum responsibilities, Dave is the Sailing Director for the Chicago Yacht Club.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Technical Sales Support & Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: Chicago
Fluency

English

Matt Woodworth

Matt learned to sail on a Butterfly with his dad near his home in the Chicago suburbs. He actively raced dinghies and keelboats as a junior sailor, completing his first Chicago-to-Mackinac race on a Pearson 36 at the age of 10. His combined love for the water and competition eventually turned into a lifelong career in professional sailboat racing.

Matt has achieved success in a variety of dinghy, inshore, and offshore classes. Major highlights include winning the Melges 24 World Championship in 2013 and an overall win in the 2015 Transatlantic Race on a RP63. Matt has multiple regional, mid-winter, national, North American championships, and podium finishes to his name. He is equally at home on the bow of a maxi72 as he is trimming the main and calling tactics on a J70.

Matt knows how to prepare boats to win. He is passionate about helping clients maximize speed and enjoyment on the water, and looks forward to helping you get the most out of your sails and crew.

When he isn't sailing, Matt enjoys spending time with his young family and being outdoors. Always looking for an opportunity to compete, Matt races in downwind SUP and kite surfing, ultra-marathon trail running, and ski mountaineering events.

Basic info
  • Position: Sail Consultant
Career highlights
  • 2009 Escow Blue Chip Champions
  • 2010 Melges 32 Worlds, 2nd place
  • 2010 Melges 24 Worlds, 2nd place
  • 2013 Melges 24 Worlds, 1st place
  • 2015 Inland Lake Championship, 3rd place A-Scow
  • 2015 Transatlantic Race Overall Winner, RP63
  • 2016 Melges 24 Worlds, 3rd Place
  • 2016 Newport to Ensenada Race Overall Winner, Bolt37
  • 2015 Transatlantic Race Overall Winner, RP63
  • 2017 Melges 20 Winter series Event 3 Champion
  • 2017 Melges 14 Midwinter Champion
  • 2017 Maxi Worlds, mini maxi class, 3rd place, RP63
  • 2018 Melges 20 World League Event #1 Ischia, Italy, 3rd place
  • 2018 Extreme Sailing Series Cabo, US Team Extreme
  • 2019 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race Line Honors and monohull course record, maxi72
  • 2019 NYYC One Design, Melges 20 Champions
  • 2020 Bayview Mac Race, Overall Winner and Line Honors, TP52
  • 25 plus combined Chicago and Bayview to Mackinac Races, multiple class wins and podium finishes
  • 3 time finalist US Sailing Singlehanded Championships, Oday trophy
  • 3 time finalist US Sailing Junior Singlehanded Championships, Smythe Trophy
  • Multiple Laser district/regional championship wins
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