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Welcome Aboard, New Lofts & Consultants - February 2022

Please help us welcome our latest team members and lofts! The entire Quantum team is available and excited to make sure you are ready to hit the water this season. For the most up to date information about loft hours and operations, please give your local loft a call. Read below to learn more about our newest experts. Welcome aboard!


Beacon Sails

Ventura, CA

Shaun Plomteaux

Sail Consultant
E: splomteaux@quantumsails.com
P: 805-232-1513

Shaun Plomteaux has been passionate about sailing since his childhood in Oxnard, CA. Sailing Sabots in the Channel Islands Harbor at the age of seven, he quickly moved to Lasers and FJs. By the age of 14, Shaun was a sailing instructor with a local junior sailing program. He used his earnings as an instructor to buy his own Laser that he raced every chance he could. Since then, Shaun's obsession with sailing, and especially racing, has only grown. With over 25 years of experience as a cruising sailor, instructor, and racer, he has an all-encompassing understanding of sailboats.

After working at Beacon Marine in Ventura, CA, for over a decade, Shaun had the opportunity to take over the reins in 2020. Since then, he has worked hard to improve and expand Beacon Marine's services, supporting the area's race teams and cruisers alike. His company has sponsored local races and has rigged and outfitted many of the area's top racing yachts. He aims to help share his love and knowledge of sailing with the next generation of sailors, including his favorite crew, his two sons.


Quantum Sails Bulgaria

Varna, Bulgaria


Pavel Dukov

Pavel Dukov

Sail Consultant
E: pdukov@quantumsails.com
P: +359 878444584

Pavel was born in Varna, Bulgaria, and grew up sailing Optis there. He later earned a bachelor's degree in Financial Management from ACCA in London and a master's degree in Applied Aerodynamics from the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna.

In 2006, Pavel started working as a sailmaker, learning an array of skills from sail repair and design to canvas production and rigging. He became an International IRC measurer in 2007.

Pavel has had a successful career in Slalom and Formula windsurfing. He holds multiple national and Balkan titles in the Mistral One-Design Class (Olympic windsurfing class) and was once ranked in the Top 10 windsurfers in the Olympic class. In addition to windsurfing, Pavel regularly races keelboats and match races. He has won multiple regional and international titles in handicap racing.


Sail Consultant

Buffalo, NY
E: echristensen@quantumsails.com
P: 716-830-4598

Eric Christensen has joined Quantum Sails and re-affiliated himself with the Rochester, New York, Quantum loft, where he got his start making, selling, and servicing sails some 15 years ago. Loft owner Kris consummate professional, and the addition of Eric to the team will benefit the sailing communities of Buffalo, New York, and Erie, Pennsylvania, with the loft's offering of services and Quantum products.

Eric is a full-time professional in the marine industry; he also works for a builder of one-design sailboats and is active with area sailing clubs and events. He is regatta director at the Buffalo Yacht Club and an active participant in the weeknight racing series run by the Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club, sailing his boats Flak and Woftam. Prior to his current positions, Eric managed the Erie Basin Marina, where his golden retriever Gene was a familiar sight.

"Please reach out to me or say hello if you see me at your marina, as I always enjoy talking boats and helping people get the most out of their boat, whether a racer or cruiser," Eric says. "We have a short season in the Great Lakes, so make the most of it with the proper sails and equipment to maximize your time and enjoyment."


 

Canvas Fabricator

Quantum Sails Annapolis
E: mflanigan@quantumsails.com
P: 410-268-1161

Sailing is in Maggie Flanigan's blood. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, into a family of sailors and learned to walk on a cruise from Long Island Sound to the Chesapeake Bay. A third-generation female sailor, Maggie continues the legacy started by her grandmother, who founded a community sailing program and raced a Sabre 34 until she was 94 years old.

Maggie's sailing experience was primarily cruising and sailing for fun with family with an occasional inshore race thrown in. But in college, she got more serious and started teaching and coaching sailing. Maggie's love of coaching started when she began working with Special Olympics Sailing, a program started by her parents in the early 1980s. As a unified partner, she loved watching her students' skills develop as they learned the ins and outs of sailing. A certified Sailing Instructor, Maggie has taught all levels at Baltimore County Sailing Center and coached for the race team for five years.

While never a big racer, she has a passion for race committee. She grew up watching her mother run races as a Principal Race Officer (PRO) for Special Olympics and Hobie events. At 15, Maggie started scoring events and eventually started working towards her Club Race Officer credentials.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Quantum Annapolis Team and look forward to providing the very best in canvas work," says Maggie.


 

Service Technician

Quantum Sails Detroit
E: dfollett@quantumsails.com
P: 810-348-6687

Drew grew up in Fenton, Michigan, and spent her summers in Traverse City, Michigan, where her grandfather got her hooked her on sailing. She began her formal training sailing lasers at Traverse Area Community Sailing.

After graduating from high school, Drew attended The Landing School for Yacht Design, a vocational boatbuilding and design school in Maine, and began her sailmaking career at Hallett Canvas and Sails. Drew now lives in Detroit, Michigan.

In 2018, Drew began racing Melges 24s on the Grand Traverse Bay and has competed in regattas throughout Michigan, including the 2019 North Americans and 2021 Nationals. While she enjoys the speed and fun of racing 24s, Drew also has a keen interest in big boats and has raced IMX 40s, Dehler 39s, and Farr 395s.

Drew is looking forward to becoming a better sailmaker and sailor as she hones her craft at the Quantum Sails Detroit loft.


 

Sail Consultant

Quantum Sails Traverse City
E: dgerber@quantumsails.com
P: 312-213-1181

Dave Gerber is an experienced sailing professional, coach, and instructor based in Traverse City, MI, where he offers technical sales support and consultation for Quantum Sails.

Dave began working with Quantum Sails President Ed Reynolds in Northern Michigan before the company existed. They began working together at Reynolds Sail Company in Traverse City and then with Sobstad Sails and Shore Sails before Reynolds co-founded Quantum Sails in 1996.

In 2007, Dave left the sailmaking world to sail professionally. He has won multiple National, North American, and World Championships in the J/22, J/24, J/111, Melges 24 and Farr 40 classes. In addition to sailing, Dave has directed sailing programs and coached youth, high school, and adult teams at Traverse Area Community Sailing, Chicago Yacht Club, and Little Traverse Sailors in Harbor Springs, MI.

In 2022, Dave returned to Quantum Sails. He uses his varied background and expertise to help clients get the most out of their sailing experiences. "Something I truly enjoy about sailing and working in the marine industry is our shared passion for the water," said Dave. "It's wonderful to see people I’ve helped enjoy sailing and their time on the lakes, seas, and oceans."

 

Service Technician

Quantum Sails Annapolis
E: bguthrie@quantumsails.com
P: 410-268-1161

Brendan Guthrie grew up in Mooresville, North Carolina on Lake Norman. He first learned to sail on Sunfish and Hobie Cats out of Chatham, MA in the summers. However, it wasn’t until high school that he started sailing competitively after being recruited to the team to crew and skipper 420s. When he wasn’t sailing, Brendan was on the lacrosse field or behind the boat, practicing flips on the wakeboard. Injuries forced him to shift focus often between his passions and athletics, and led him to take advantage of sailing whenever he could. Spending time on the sidelines due to injuries sparked an interest in coaching the sports he participated in. He started coaching and volunteering in sailing, wakeboarding, lacrosse, and later, kiteboarding.

Brendan attended College of Charleston starting in the Fall of 2011 and later earned a degree in Marine Biology. During his junior year, he was recruited to, and helped found the offshore sailing team at C of C. He rediscovered his passion for sailing, racing big boats in Charleston’s harbor and has attended Charleston Race Week every year since 2015. Although he was involved with the collegiate sailing team there, he enjoyed pursuing his other passions as well such as surfing, wakeboarding, and kiteboarding.

Brendan’s education provided him with a platform to pursue a career in seafloor mapping after graduation, and later allowed him to work for the NOAA Office of Coast Survey. During his time at NOAA, he mapped the waters off the coast of Kodiak, AK, shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina and Michigan, and the coral reefs off of St. Croix, USVI. In 2019, he moved to Annapolis, MD to work for the NOAA NCCOS Biogeography Branch.

Inspired by friends in the marine industry and time on the water in Annapolis, Brendan decided to pursue a career in the sailmaking industry. He has learned the bulk of his sailmaking skills from on-the-job training at the Annapolis facility and from experience fixing kites at a local surf shop in college. When not on the floor sewing, you can find him fitting battens, packaging one design sails, racing, or coaching one of the many sports he loves, whenever he can.

"Some of my favorite sailing memories include racing with the C of C offshore team, conducting scuba surveys off a liveaboard catamaran in Tortola for coral reef ecology, delivering sailboats from the USVIs and the Bahamas back to Charleston, and racing offshore at night or through storms when I'm pushing past my limits and expectations." Brendan looks forward to continuing his career with Quantum Sails Annapolis and learning from new experiences to be a better sailmaker, sailor, and coach.

 

Sail and Design Consultant

Tuscany, Italy
E: msavelli@quantumsails.com
P: +393483358191

Marco Savelli grew up in Livorno, Italy, near Tuscany, and still lives there today. He began sailing Snipes when he was 10 and continued on to win four National Championships and one European Championship in the class.

He pursued a law degree at Florence University, but quickly realized his passion was sailing. So, he started an Olympic campaign in the Flying Dutchman Class and competed in the 1980 Olympics. In 1981, he finished third in the Flying Dutchman World Championship. During this time, he also began working as a sailmaker and sail designer.

Savelli proudly worked as the principal sail designer for the America's Cup Challenger Mascalzone Latino during two campaigns. He currently serves as the vice president of the Mascalzone Latino team. During his years as a sail designer and coach, he won many races, including the Quarter Ton Cup, Melges 24 World Championship, ORC World Championship, and Rolex Middle Sea Race.

In the early 2000s, Savelli applied his sailing and industry knowledge to develop and patent a one-piece continuous yarn membrane for sailmaking. In 2017, he patented a type of monolithic membrane build process. Savelli is excited to bring his wealth of sailing, sail design, and sailmaking knowledge to Quantum Sails.

 

Sail Designer

Quantum Sails Alaro
E: mtrindade@quantumsails.com
P: +447522404421

Mario Trindade was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started cruising with his family as a newborn and racing on Snipes and IMS boats.

In 2008, Mario became a professional sailor. After a decade in the industry, he decided to pursue a degree in yacht design at Solent University in the U.K. His time at Solent allowed him to develop his skills and advance to the next level of Grand Prix sailing and technology development.

An experienced trimmer, Mario has competed in multiple Grand Prix and One-Design Classes and has won numerous titles, including the 2019 J/70 World Championship, 2021 SB20 World Championship, and multiple South American and National championships. He also has experience on the match racing circuit.

In addition to his successful sailing career, Mario operated a business focused on the racing yacht industry and served as project manager and boat captain on various projects. He is now the Grand Prix sail designer at the Quantum Palma de Mallorca loft.

"Combining my on-the-water knowledge with my education in yacht design makes me well equipped to develop excellent products for Quantum customers. Working with the iQ technology developed by Quantum Sails is a privilege. The tool is powerful and allows us to predict and understand the behavior of the rig and the sails, which in turn helps us design smoother and faster products."

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