Quantum Sails Annapolis
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.