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Quantum Sails Rochester


1461 Hudson Ave.
Rochester, NY 14621


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Main: 585-342-5200


Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday by appointment

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About Quantum Sails Rochester

Quantum Sails Rochester (QSR) is the premier sail loft for all your sail, canvas, upholstery and repair needs, with service extending from the shores of eastern Lake Erie and Lake Ontario to the waterways of New York and the Hudson River Valley.

Quantum Sails Rochester is a partner of international sail maker Quantum Sails, providing the highest quality sails for racing and cruising boats. Along with our industry-leading sail design and production, we specialize in delivering a wide range of canvas and upholstery fabrication solutions and repair needs. Our large loft has the capacity to cover everything from small boats to major canvas installations.

Services Include

  • New Sails
  • Sail Repair
  • Sail Cleaning
  • Sail Delivery
  • Sail Installation
  • Sail Re-cuts
  • New Canvas
  • Canvas Repair
  • Boat Covers
  • Cover Repair
  • Sailboat Rigging
  • On-the-water Sail Evaluations
  • On-the-water Coaching
  • Upholstery
  • Bimini
  • Dodger
  • Awnings
  • Pool Cover Repair
  • Canvas Tops
  • Canvas Enclosures
  • Sail Shades
  • Repairs and Re-stitching
  • Specialty Sewing Projects

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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Kris Werner

Kris Werner grew up in Queens, NY, and spent his childhood on the water, sailing and fishing. He is a graduate of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, where he earned an unlimited tonnage/oceans USCG license and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and Business.

After four years of collegiate varsity and offshore sailing, Kris served as a collegiate sailing coach and waterfront director. His career took him all over the world as a ship's officer on ocean-going tankers. In 2004, Kris came to Rochester to earn his way to Chief Officer on the Rochester Fast Ferry. He then worked as a Broker with RCR Yachts and began collaborating with Steve Haarstick on sail designs for various boats, including J/70s, J/24s, and other offshore vessels. For three years, he worked at Haarstick Sailmakers before transitioning to becoming the owner of the loft which is now Quantum Sails Rochester. Kris has extensive experience in offshore and one-design racing campaigns, both as a helmsman and a crew member. In addition to being a familiar face on the racing circuit, Kris enjoys spending time cruising with his wife and three boys.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Great Lakes Regional Manager
  • Current Town: Rochester
Career highlights
  • 2023 - J/22 North American Championship, 2nd Place
  • 2022 - J/22 World Championship, 2nd Place
  • 2022 - J/70 North Americans, 3rd Place
  • 2022 - J/70 Midwinters, 4th Place
  • 2018 - Verve Cup/J-88 North American Championship- 1st Place
  • 2018 - CanAm Challenge- J-88 Great Lakes Championship 1st Place
  • 2018 - Charleston Race Week- J-88 1st Place
  • 2018 - J/24 Midwinters 3rd Place
  • 2017 - Charleston Race Week – J/88 1st Place
  • 2017 - J/88 North American Championship 1st Place
  • 2017 - J/22 Midwinters - 2nd Place
  • 2017 - Quantum Key West- J/88-1st Place - Tactics/Mainsail
  • 2016 - J/24 Great Lakes Championship- 1st - Helm
  • 2016 - CanAm Regatta- J-88 Class- 1st Place - Tactician/Mainsail
  • 2016 - J/22 World Championship- 4th place - Tactics/Bow
  • 2014 & 2015- J-70 Winter Series- 5th Overall- 45boats-helm
  • 2013 - Charleston Race Week One Design Overall Champion- J/24-helm
  • 2012 - Newport-Bermuda - 2nd Place - Swan 42-helmsman
  • 2012 - Argo Gold Cup Match Race World Tour event- Bow
  • 2011 - IRC North American Champion-helm
  • 2009 - Lake Ontario / LYRA Boat of the Year- Beneteau 40.7-helm/tactics
  • 2009 - Lake Ontario 300 - 1st Place-skipper
  • 2006-8 - Meter North American Champion-tactics/mainsail
  • 2005 - J/24 Great Lakes Champion-helm
  • 1998 - 2001 Coached NY Maritime College Sailing team to National Ranking
  • 1998 - Empire State Games- Gold Medal- Laser
Doug Burtner

Doug Burtner has been making, selling, and servicing sails since 1998.

A true veteran of the sail making craft, Doug started making sails when he was 20 years old. After four years of making and repairing sails, he became the head salesman for Haarstick Sailmakers while still being involved with computer cutting, production, and inspection of all new sails.

Customers around Rochester know Doug for his positive approach to sailing, and they always enjoy having him on the boat with them. From small dinghies to large cruising yachts, he has knowledge of what the customer needs for maximum enjoyment. Part of his responsibilities also include managing our involvement with all Nonsuch and Collegiate FJ & 420 sails for all of Quantum Sails. Doug is also proud to be a big part of Quantum's Ensign class team, where he oversees production of all upwind sails.

In addition to his sail making skills, Doug is an expert in outfitting boats with cruising hardware. From sail tracks to custom furlers, Doug knows what works! A true customer advocate, Doug is always looking out for ways to make sailing more enjoyable and economical too.

When Doug is not making sails or sailing with customers, he's home working on his house and spending time with his three lovely ladies: wife, Erin, and two daughters, Charlotte and Caroline.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Loft/Sales Manager
  • Current Town: Rochester
Career highlights
  • 3-time 2005/2008/2018 Ensign National Champion (all using sails Doug built himself!)
  • Ensign National Championship – five top-five finishes with five other top-ten finishes
  • Ensign Regional Championship – multiple top-three finishes
  • Ensign Midwinter Championship – multiple top-three finishes
  • 2014 J/30 Lake Ontario Boat of the Year, Genoa Trimmer
  • 2017 Became a certified US Sailing Measurer for PHRF, IRC, ORR, and ORC
Samantha Webster

Growing up in Toronto, Sam started sailing at the age of nine and began racing at the age of 13. She spent much of her childhood racing competitively in Laser II's and Bytes at her home club, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.

Sam went on to campaign the Yngling on the International Circuit for three years as part of the Canadian National Team. After her campaign, she got more involved in offshore sailing and racing. Sam's pursuit for offshore experience led her to complete a Sydney to Hobart race and Transatlantic race; she placed first in their division for the Transat. Sam currently spends the majority of her time racing in one-design fleets such as J/24, J/22, J/80, and J/70 and match-racing in Sonars.

In addition to her sailing accomplishments, Sam has 20 years of experience coaching and developing programs at different yacht clubs around the world, including Royal Canadian YC, Middle Harbour YC (AUS), US Sailing Center (Jensen Beach), San Diego YC, Royal Newfoundland YC, and Watch Hill YC (RI). She has coached all different levels, from beginners to provincial/state and national teams. Sam has also been on the other side of racing, running multiple regattas and acting as race manager and/or PRO to provincial and national championships.

Basic info
  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: Toronto, ON

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