Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality sailboat hardware and accessories. Founded in 1967 by Peter and Olaf Harken, the brothers were pioneers in the development of composite bearing technology, an innovation that markedly reduced friction in sail controls.
Based on this single revolutionary idea 50 years ago, the Harkens have grown their business from a small backyard company into a global operation. Harken gear dominates in America’s Cup, Olympic, and Grand Prix racing. Block, traveler, winch, furling and hydraulic systems are aboard everything from the smallest dinghies to the largest megayachts and cruisers.
As the company moves forward, sailors lead us to breakthroughs. Products are invented and reinvented, and innovation will always inspire.
Gaastra was established in 1897, by the 22-year-old Douwe Gaastra, as a sail making company in the Dutch town Sneek. He set out on a mission to make sailing gear better, faster and more efficient. Years of experience later, Gaastra Pro has become a well-respected name in the field of technical sailing gear, using the most advanced techniques and materials. Tested by professional crew under extreme racing conditions, Gaastra Pro guarantees optimal protection and comfort for all types of sailing, during all kinds of weather conditions. The mission of Gaastra Pro is parallel to the approach of the Quantum Racing team to test and improve Quantum Sails, making the partnership an ideal fit.
Founded in 1959 and headquartered in Ada, Michigan, USA, Amway offers consumer products and business opportunities in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. Quantum Racing’s nutritional program includes Amway's Nutrilite® sport drinks and snacks. In addition to nutritional supplements and products, Amway offers bath, body and beauty products and home goods including cleaning, cookware, purifiers and more. Amway provides product development, manufacturing and logistics services through its Access Business Group and Alticor Corporate Enterprises divisions.
Bravo Systems, based in Valencia, Spain, is a developer of sailing instruments, navigation tools and data acquisition systems for technologically advanced racing programs including America’s Cup teams and was the choice of the winners of the AC32 and AC33 editions. Quantum Racing continues to use the company’s Bravo3 processor for the 2012 52 Super Series. Bravo3 is a light and compact unit that provides an unprecedented amount of sensor inputs and processing power.
VSPARS is a revolutionary, deck-mounted sail and rig visualization system that tracks and calculates the sail shape and position in real time. Specially designed cameras mounted on the boat are connected to proprietary software, which runs on a conventional laptop. The integrated system outputs full details about each sail and the rig deflection to an on-deck display, allowing trimmers to replicate previous targets. VSPARS sail and rig vision also interface with boat data so that sail shapes can be saved to a database linked to boat speed, TWS, heel angle and other user-defined variables. The VSPARS sail and rig vision system is installed on board Quantum Racing, contributing data valuable not only for racing, but also the sail testing and verification process integral to Quantum's iQ Technology™ process.
11th Hour Racing establishes a dynamic new platform for public education about the responsible use of energy and resources in the context of sailing, an exciting recreational and competitive sport. Through sponsorship of winning sailing teams and regattas, we work to advance sailing practices that improve the energy profile and performance of racing boats, and increase the personal investment of sailors in the health of our waters. Quantum Racing is pleased to partner with 11th Hour, and has committed to using refillable water bottles this season, nearly eliminating plastic bottle waste generated by the team.