Quantum Sails Newport

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23 Johnny Cake Hill
Middletown, RI 02842
USA

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Main: 401-849-7700
Fax: 401-623-8460

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Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm
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About Quantum Sails Newport

It’s one thing to make exceptional sails, but at Quantum Sails Newport 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 advisers, 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

  • 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
  • Canvas Repair
  • Custom Sail Bag Fabrication (Racing, Cruising, & Off-shore)

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.

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Rob MacMillan

Rob MacMillan

Neal O'Connell

Neal O’Connell began sailing with his family in the 1960s before he discovered racing in the ’70s. He competed locally in PHRF races while also trying some longer distance events at the western end of Long Island Sound. Crewing for many of the best sailors in the area, he caught the racing bug.

He started making sails in 1978, but took 15 years off to manage a small manufacturing shop. The water called him back, however, and Neal returned to sail production, service, and finally sales. When the loft where he worked closed, Neal started looking for a company that provided a high level of service in addition to providing a top-quality product. He found that in Quantum Sails.

Neal joined the Quantum team in February 2014. With the company’s many lofts and employees, he’s able to help all of his clients through his own knowledge or by tapping into Quantum’s resources. “I strive to provide my customers with the best service, both before and after I make a sale,” said Neal. “I sail with each of my customers so they can get the best performance from their new sail. If something isn’t correct, I work hard to correct the problem as soon as possible.” A seasoned racer, Neal has sailed a variety of PHRF boats, C&Cs (from 30’-40’), J/29, J/40, J44, J/105, J/109, Baltic 38, and Tripp 37. Previously he’s owned and raced Thistles, Interclub, and Blue Jays, though he’s currently racing Vipers 640s, Shields, and Etchells.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sail Consultant
Career highlights
  • Newport to Bermuda
  • Marblehead to Halifax
  • Ft. Lauderdale to Palm Beach
  • Key West Race Week
  • Block Island Race Week
  • Eastern Long Island Sound PHRF racing
  • 20 years on local PHRF committee, including 5 years as chief handicapper
  • Currently a board member of the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association
  • Past Commodore of the Off Soundings Club, Baldwin Yacht Club, and Frostbite Yacht Club –Connecticut River Station
  • 4 years Head Sailing Coach – East Lyme High School, East Lyme, CT
David Simmons

David Simmons started sailing when he was 10 years old because his father wanted his children to know how to handle the boat. Though he originally started sailing to help his dad, David stuck with sailing because of the challenge. “Sailing as a sport can be anything from peaceful and calm to thrilling and exciting,” said David. After taking sailing lessons at Mystic Seaport in Dyer Dhows, he continued racing at his home yacht club throughout school, and even during his college years.

He eventually took a job as an apprentice sailmaker and enjoyed it completely. He’s been doing it ever since. In June 2015 he joined the Quantum team as the Service Manager at the Quantum Newport loft. With 40 years of experience working on all sizes and styles of sails, he can usually diagnose problems on the spot and let customers know exactly what needs to be done.

Now with Quantum's resources available to him, David can provide the highest level of service and expertise. “I like the fact that Quantum takes the idea of team seriously,” said David. “There’s a real structure to how the business operates. There is always someone to bounce ideas off of. The amount of support coming from the organization is amazing.”

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Service Manager
TJ Roney

TJ Roney hails from the Great Lakes State of Michigan, but it was his friends in Annapolis, MD who introduced him to sailboat racing. After sailing on Mumm 30s for a summer, TJ became hooked on big boat racing and began accepting more and more opportunities to gain more experience and expand his knowledge.

Acknowledging there is no better way to learn than to teach, TJ secured a summer job one year as program director for Portsmouth Youth Sailing in RI where he taught sailing to more than 240 students. "It was an excellent way to give back, become immersed in the local sailing community, and help the sport grow," says TJ.

After graduating from college, TJ formed his own business offering racing, project management, team management and logistic services for a variety of programs. "I really enjoy presenting clients with an array of solutions that best fit their needs, educating them about different products and advising them on how to maximize their return on investment."

Now TJ is putting his experience to work as a sail consultant with Quantum Sails Newport. TJ says he's excited to represent Quantum products and help clients find the best solution for their situation. TJ is also involved in helping to grow the sport and introducing people to sailing. "We all start somewhere. While my passion lies in grand prix and big boat sailing, I am very excited to help others find their niche and enjoy their sailing to the fullest."

Basic info
  • Position: Sail Consultant
Career highlights
  • 2018 Antigua to Bermuda Race – Line Honors, 2nd in IRC, New Race Record; Volvo 70 Warrior
  • 2018 Antigua Sailing Week – 1st in class, 2nd overall; Volvo 70 Warrior
  • 2018 Around Antigua Race - 1st, New Race Record; Volvo 70, Warrior 
  • 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 - 3rd Overall, 3rd IRC Z, Race Record Broken; Volvo 70, Warrior
  • Transatlantic - J Class, J/5 Ranger 
  • 2017 Vineyard Race - 1st, New Race Record; Volvo 70, Warrior
  • 2017 Harbor Springs UGotta Regatta – 1st in class; C&C 30, Extreme2
  • 2016 NYYC Annual Regatta - 1st in class; J/88, Jazz
  • 2016 NYYC Around the Island Race - 1st Overall; J/88 Jazz
  • 2015 Camden Classic Regatta – 2nd overall; Hereshoff NY 50; Spartan
  • 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race - S/Y Altair
  • 2015 12 Metre Class Newport Regatta - 2nd; KZ-5, Laura
  • 2015 12 Metre Edgartown Regatta - 2nd; KZ-5, Laura
  • 2012 Buzzards Bay Regatta - 1st in class; J/111, Fleetwing
  • 2010 Annapolis Race Week - 1st overall; Farr40, Endorphin
  • 2009 MYC Governors Cup; 1st, Sydney 41, Spirit Walker
Joe Cooper

Joe Cooper

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Joe Cooper (aka Coop) grew up learning to sail and race on his father's boats. Success in the 1974 Sydney-Hobart Race and Finn sailing led to an invitation to Newport to sail on the 1977 America’s Cup challenger Gretel 2. He returned to Newport in 1980, this time as boat captain and then racing on Australia. Following the America's Cup and two Congressional Cups, he stayed in the U.S. sailing on all manner of cruising and race boats through the 1980's and into late 1990's.
 
Coop's experiences in the ocean cover the spectrum, from delivering an engineless 30 foot to the UK to sailing as Mate on the J-Class Endeavor, sailing her from France to the Caribbean. He has been a skipper or mate for various boats and several short-handed trans-oceanic passages. He has raced and cruised boats, sold them, rigged them and built them. Coop has been instrumental in promoting short-handed sailing and establishing the double-handed class in the annual Block Island Race on Long Island Sound in which he sailed the first edition with the late Bob Derecktor's on his 80 footer. He continues to be very involved with the Short-Handed sailing scene in Newport through the Bermuda 1-2 community.
 
Coop has over 30 years of experience as a sail consultant working with Hood Sailmakers and now with Quantum Sails as well. He is an active coach, writer and very popular speaker on a broad range of sailing topics. With such a wide and varied level of experience, Joe is exceptionally adept at understanding client needs.

Career highlights
  • 1974 Sydney to Hobart race, third in fleet
  • Several years of Finn sailing wining 1977 state championships
  • Sailing also in Lasers, FD’s 505’s, 12-foot skiffs, Solings, Etchells
  • Half-ton Cup
  • Two America’s Cups
  • Newport to Bermuda Race
  • Bermuda 1-2, winning class and fleet in the DH return leg 1993
  • Multiple SORC, Block Island Races Vineyard Races, winning the DH class
  • Passages to and from Hawaii
  • Japan to LA
  • US Northeast to the Caribbean and return
  • Three Halifax races, placing twice in the DH class
  • Chicago Mac Race
  • Ida Lewis Yacht Club Distance Race
Carter White

Carter White began sailing before he could walk, first on the family's Lightning and later on their J/24. He has experienced the beauty of the Gulf of Maine while cruising and racing its coast of Maine. And though Carter has sailed and raced on multiple continents and in hundreds of locations, he considers the Maine coast of one the best places in the world to sail.
 
An accomplished junior sailor, Carter competed in multiple National Championships, including the U.S. Sailing Bemis and Sears competitions. He then took a chance on an upstart college program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he majored in economics and joined an aggressive, young, and new sailing team. Carter helped build the program into a national contender almost immediately; by his senior year, the program was ranked number one in the country. Carter was named All American for outstanding performance in intercollegiate sailing competition. 
 
Following graduation, Carter worked for a local sailmaker in Maine. There he learned sail design, built and repaired sails, installed marine rigging, managed the small business, and helped it grow into the leading local source for sails, canvas, and rigging. Carter also sailed with many of his customers, helping them win major championships such as the PHRF New England Championships and Key West Race Week.
 
Carter took this broad experience and started a business running sailing regattas and providing custom apparel and marketing products to marine businesses and events. The company is still going strong today. He is excited to move to the next challenge with Quantum Sails and focus on his true passion of helping sailors get more out of their boats, whether on the race course, gunkholing down the coast, or making a long ocean passage.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Portland Loft manager/Sail Consultant
  • Home town: Cumberland, Maine
  • Current Town: Portland, Maine
Career highlights
  • 4-time Maine High School State Champion (1990-1994)
  • All American for Hobart & William Smith Colleges (1998)
  • Key West Race Week (2001), 1st place, Tactician and Starting Helmsman
  • Swan 42 U.S. Nationals (2011), 1st place, Mainsail Trimmer
  • Block Island Race Week (2011), 1st place, Swan 42 Division, Mainsail Trimmer
  • Swan 42 U.S. Nationals (2012), 1st place, Mainsail Trimmer
  • Charleston Race Week (2014), 3rd place, 80 boat J/70 class, Tactician
  • J/24 U.S. National Championship (2016), 2nd place, Skipper
  • U.S. Sailing Adult Championships Mallory Cup (2017), 1st place, J/70, Helmsman
  • J/24 World Championships (2017), 4th place tie, Helmsman
Dave MacMillan

Dave's quest is to demonstrate the principles that are the foundation of Quantum Sails by serving as the leading sailmaker for sailors seeking an unmatched commitment to performance and client care. In his role as regional manager, Dave is dedicated to providing solutions that will help sailors confidently venture out on the water with sails that will go the distance and with the full support from the Quantum team.

Prior to joining Quantum, Dave served as COO at Hood Sailmakers, helping to maintain Hood's renowned presence in the cruising and bluewater sailing markets. Early in his career, Dave worked in academics as a teacher and coach and also served as program director and president of the Greenwich Bay Sailing Association. In addition to his long tenure coaching sailing, Dave actively competes aboard a range of sailboats at IRC, PHRF, one-design, and team racing events. Dave credits his opportunity to compete with some of the world's most accomplished sailors as instrumental to his growth as a sailor and his understanding of how best to serve Quantum's clients.

Dave graduated from Wesleyan University in 2003, where he played football and remains involved in coaching. He also holds an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. Dave lives in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, with his wife Liz and daughters Isabel and Caroline.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: New England Operations Manager
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