In 1984, Pedro Andrade started sailing Optimist dinghies because his mother thought the boats in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro were cute. When Pedro started winning local junior regattas, however, he decided to stick with it, sailing at the Rio de Janeiro Yacht Club from 1984-87, then at the Clube Naval de Cascais.
During an Olympic campaign for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he was asked to sail on a Dragon and was paid for his time. Other jobs started rolling in. His experience now includes Optimist, 420, 470, 49er, match racing, 18 Skiff, Etchell, Dart, SB 20, Soto 40, TP 52, Extreme 40, Whisper 78, Lady B, and 147. In 2004, he was talking with Toni Tio in Cascais about Dragons when he was invited to join the Quantum team to learn about sail making and design. Pedro accepted the challenge.
For Pedro, the best reward is being part of the process. “I love winning Dragon events with sails I was involved in developing and testing,” he said. He gives his customers the same level of service and respect that he expects, and is always ready to help them create a winning program. “My customers can expect that I will always be available to service their sails and make sure they get the best product available.”