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Quantum Sails Newport


1170 E Main Rd #4
Portsmouth, RI 02871


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Main: 401-849-7700


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

Choose a Team Member

Cameron Appleton

When it comes to sailing, Cameron Appleton was a late bloomer, at least by New Zealand standards. “Kids usually start sailing when they’re around six,” says Cameron. “I started when I was 10.”

Once he started, however, Cameron progressed in the sport. His early racing experiences included racing with his younger sister, “which was great education in learning how to work with your sibling!” After winning the International Coca Cola International Youth Match Racing in 1996, Cameron was recognized for his potential as a sailor and was invited to join Team New Zealand in 1997. At the time Cameron was one of the youngest members on the team, but he steadily worked his way up the ranks and was a member of the team when it won the America’s Cup in 2000. He has competed in every owner-driver class and achieved success in many of them. And then came the opportunity to join Quantum Racing.

Cameron’s involvement in Quantum Racing came about due to Terry Hutchinson moving to the American Magic Cup Challenge. “Ed Reynolds and I have always had a respectful relationship about where we fit in the sailing world,” says Cameron, “and he saw in me a great fit working alongside Ed Baird and the team.”

Cameron is a natural choice on the Quantum Racing team. He has spent over 12 years sailing with owner-driver teams and has been sailing against Ed in Match Racing since he was 18 years old. Now “it’s going to be great to sail with one of the finest helmsman in the sport and with a great team and exceptional program.”

Basic info
  • Nationality: New Zealand
  • Home town: Auckland
  • Current Town: Newport, RI
Career highlights
  • Tactician for Quantum Racing and Team Aqua for 2020 TP 52 Super Series and RC 44 Cup circuits
  • Tactician for Quantum Racing 2019 TP 52 Super Series 3rd place
  • 5 Time RC 44 Cup circuit champions
  • 2019 44 World Champions
  • 3 time Farr 30 World Champions
  • 2 time Melges 32 World Champions
  • European and North American Melges 32 Champions
  • 2019 Winner of St Barths Bucket, Hetairos
  • 2019 Maxi Worlds (Maxi Racer Class) Highland Fling
  • 2 Time Winner of the Maxi racer class at Voiles de St Barths
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
Scott Hines

Scott Hines lives outside of Boston and can be often found on the foredeck of a 12M, sailing competitively on the waters off Cape Cod and Newport. When he's not onboard a 12M, Scott can be found sailing in the Etchells class on Boston’s North Shore.

Scott is involved with the Carol School for the Blind's Sailing program, run out of the Courageous Sailing Center in the Charlestown Navy Yard. He is also Team Principal for 1-By Design, an amateur sailing team dedicated to encouraging philanthropic activities for the blind through participation in regattas and sailing events with the intention to create awareness and financial commitment for the blind, visually impaired, and their canine service companions.

Basic info
  • Position: Sail Consultant
Career highlights
  • 2016 Edgartown Yacht Club -1st in Class 12M Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2016 NYYC 163rd Annual - 2nd in Class 12M Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2017 12M North Americans - 1st in Class Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2017 Edgartown Yacht Club - 1st in Class 12M Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2018 NYYC 164th Annual - 1st in Class Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2018 Edgartown Yacht Club - 1st in Class 12M Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2018 12M North Americans - 1st in Class Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2018 Ted Hood Award
  • 2019 NYYC 165th Annual - 1st in Class 12M Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2019 Round the Island -1st in Class 12M Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2019 NYYC 175th Anniversary - 2nd in Class 12M Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2019 12M World Championships - 2nd in Class Traditional, American Eagle
  • 2020 Herreshoff Classic - 1st in Class 12M Traditional, Weatherly
  • 2020 Leukemia Cup - 1st Overall / 1st in Class 12M Traditional, Weatherly
Carter White

Carter White began sailing before he could walk, going on trips in the family's Lightning and then their J/24. He has experienced the beauty of the Gulf of Maine in a variety of cruising and racing boats. Having sailed and raced on multiple continents and at hundreds of locations, Carter considers the Maine coast of one the best places in the world to sail.

An accomplished junior sailor, Carter competed on the national level 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. He 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 inter-collegiate sailing competition.

After college, Carter worked for a local sailmaker in Maine where he learned to design, build, and repair sails; install marine rigging; and manage a small business. He enjoyed helping the company grow into the leading local source for sails, canvas, and rigging. During this time, Carter sailed with many customers, helping them win major championships such as the PHRF New England Championships and Key West Race Week.

Carter ultimately started his own business, managing sailing regattas and providing custom apparel and marketing products to marine businesses and events. Originally started in 2007 as Regatta Promotions, Carter set out to help yacht clubs and sailing organizations run better regattas. The business is still going strong today. Having successfully accomplished his mission, Carter and his wife, Molly, are now offering their years of product knowledge and expertise through You Regatta. You Regatta is located in the same facility as Quantum Sails Downeast in Portland, Maine.

One-design sailing is where Carter has showcased his sailing talents, winning three U.S. National Championships in three different one-designs. He won the prestigious U.S. Sailing Mallory Cup in 2017, skippering a J/70 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club as a representative of the Portland Yacht Club and SailMaine. He has skippered his J/24 You Regatta to many top finishes including fifth at the 2017 J/24 Worlds and second at the 2019 J/24 Midwinter Championships. Carter has won events sailing a variety of boats, including Swan 42, J/24, Lightning, Hinckley 51 SW, Custom 27’, Frers 36 & 41, Farr 30, Beneteau 36.7, J/80, J/70, 420, J/105, Etchells, Laser, Vanguard 15, and S2 9.1

While Carter has been working with Quantum, he has enjoyed the opportunities and rewards to reconnect with past clients in new ways that continue 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
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
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
Dawn Mello

Dawn started working for Hood Sailmakers in Newport in 1991 as an Accounts Receivable Clerk. As the needs in that loft grew, she took on additional responsibilities and eventually moved into the General Manager position. In 2017, Dawn came on board as Quantum Newport's Office Manager. Now, she has earned a seat at the Regional Manager's table and will run day-to-day operations of Quantum Sails Newport. Sales, service, and production, in Newport, will report to Dawn, and together, we anticipate great things for this loft.

Basic info
  • Position: New England Regional Manager
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