Welcome Aboard, New Team Members & Roles - December 2023

Please help us welcome our latest team members and announce the promotion of Kris Werner to Great Lakes Regional Manager! The entire Quantum team is available and excited to make sure you are ready for whatever adventures and challenges lie ahead. 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 and roles. Welcome aboard!

Promoted: Great Lakes Regional Manager 

Quantum Sails Rochester
P: 585-342-5200

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 driver and crew member. In addition to being a familiar face on the racing circuit, Kris enjoys spending time cruising with his wife and three boys.

Marketing Associate

Quantum Sails Traverse City
P: 231-941-1222

Kai Dolan was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. Growing up surrounded by water and with a dad who was a dedicated sailor, Kai was exposed to the sport from a young age. She began sailing in the local Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS) program, and she was immediately hooked. Kai worked her way through the program over the years, moving from Optis and Lasers to 420s and Melges 24s. A year after completing the program at TACS, she began working there, teaching kids the same way she was taught. Kai then began sailing at her local yacht club on Wednesday nights and weekends, and racing on her high school sailing team.

Kai enjoys buoy racing on one-design boats such as Interlakes and Melges 24s and offshore racing on J/111s and bigger boats like Farr 395s throughout Michigan. After taking a break from racing the last couple of years, Kai is excited to get back on the water. 

In the latter half of 2020, Kai joined Quantum on a contracted, part-time basis as a Client Care Representative. Her role shifted throughout the years and now she is focused on marketing, but will still be in the loft to greet and help customers. “I’m excited for my future in the industry, both with my personal sailing and at Quantum. I’m lucky to have found a group of people I enjoy working with and who I continuously learn from.”

Service Technician

Quantum Sails Detroit
P: 313-910-1455

Ben Peters began sailing competitively at the age of 14, racing 420s and FJs. When he was in high school, Ben was the captain of the Grosse Pointe South Varsity Sailing Team in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, honing his skills and leadership on the water and setting the stage for a career in the industry.

Following graduation from high school, Ben transitioned to coaching at Crescent Sail Yacht Club, later becoming head coach and, subsequently, overseeing high school sailing programs at Brother Rice and Marian high schools. Ben pursued higher education at Western Michigan University, earning a degree in sales and business marketing. In 2020, Ben's entrepreneurial spirit and love for sailing converged when he established the Detroit Sailing Company, which specializes in rigging, apparel, and hardware.

Ben competed in three national high school sailing events and J/111 NOODs. He is a five-time competitor in Atlantic 30 nationals, won the Bel Arora trophy, has raced in two Chicago-to-Mackinac races, seven Bay View Mackinac races, and the usual Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday local events.

Canvas Shop Manager

Quantum Sails Annapolis
P: 810-841-7765

Christopher O’Mara grew up in Port Huron Michigan, home to the Port Huron-to-Mackinac sailboat race. While Chris has lived in big sailing areas, he has gravitated toward power boating and salmon and walleye fishing on Lake Huron and the St Clair River. 

Chris has lived in Toronto, Ontario, where he worked in the automotive industry, and also in Grand Haven, Michigan, where he fabricated canvas for Pier 33. He is a 1998 graduate of the North Coast Marine Specialties in Canvas Fabrication. In 2021, Chris won the "Miami Madness" Tempotest Challenge performance competition for canvas fabrication. He is currently a member of the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA). Chris brings his 25 years of canvas fabrication experience to Quantum Sails Annapolis where he serves as Canvas Manager.

Sail Consultant

Quantum Sails Hamble
P: +07 8967 00759

Alain Sign grew up on the south coast of the UK on the Solent strait, and has lived in the south coast towns of Weymouth, Southampton and now Portsmouth. He was lucky enough to live five minutes from Stokes Bay Sailing Club, where his older brothers taught him to sail. Alain started sailing in Toppers and progressed through the RYA system, sailing 29ers, 420s, 470s, and then in 49ers, where he spent 12 years in the class sailing with Dylan Fletcher.

Alain has been lucky to make a living in Olympic sailing. He chose not to go to university in order to follow his dream of going to the Olympics, an education in itself as campaigning taught him many life skills. Since 2004, Alain has been involved in the Olympic sailing program, where he has won European and World Championship medals in the 49er class. He finished his Olympic sailing career in the 2016 games in Rio.  

Alain has been coaching at a high level in the Olympic sailing scene for the last decade. When he’s at home, he enjoys sailing his Musto skiff and wing foiling. Recently, he has been involved with the Cape 31 Class and J/111 sailing, offering coaching when possible.

“I know the Hamble loft manager Rory Maclean very well and when he heard I was looking to do more sailing out in the Solent, we met and he asked if I’d like to be involved with Quantum. I’m excited to work in sales where I can offer a range of tailored services to customers to bring maximum enjoyment out on the water. I am looking forward to working with Quantum to gain more understanding of the materials used and how I can work with them to make all kinds of boats go faster.”

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