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Doug Burtner

Doug Burtner has been making, selling, and servicing sails for 17 years.

Doug started making sails when he was 20 years old. After four years of making and repairing sails, he became the head salesman for Haarstick Sailmakers while still being involved with computer cutting, production, and inspection of all new sails. Customers around Rochester know Doug for his positive approach to sailing, and they always enjoy having him on the boat with them. Doug is also proud to be a part of Quantum's Ensign class team, where he oversees production of all upwind sails.

When Doug is not making sails or sailing with customers, he’s home working on his house and spending time with his three lovely ladies: wife, Erin, and two daughters, Charlotte and Caroline.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Loft/Sales Manager
  • Current Town: Rochester
Career highlights
  • 2005/2008 Ensign National Champion
  • Ensign National Championship – five top-five finishes with five other top-ten finishes
  • Ensign Regional Championship – multiple top-three finishes
  • Ensign Midwinter Championship – multiple top-three finishes
  • 2014 J/30 Lake Ontario Boat of the Year, Genoa Trimmer
Terry Flynn

Terry Flynn, a third generation sailmaker, started out in Annapolis, Maryland, where he developed a great foundation for both cruising and racing. He grew up on the family sailboat, cruising all over the Chesapeake Bay. Before he was 15 years old, he made 10 offshore deliveries from New York to Florida.

As a racer, Terry has competed in the Newport-Bermuda, the old SORC, Annapolis-Newport, and Trans-Superior races. His One Design credits include four J/22 North Americans and a World Championship. He’s also won North Americans, Nationals, and Midwinter races on 420s, Lightnings, J/24s, J/80s, J/30s, and Cadets, as well as winning One Ton, ¾ Ton, and ½ Ton Championships.

Growing up around sailors, Terry naturally fell into sailmaking and has never looked back. He’s worked his way up through the ranks, doing everything from bench work to design during his 37 year career. Terry has been with Quantum since the beginning, using his experiences to make sails that help customers improve their racing result or simply get more enjoyment out of their boats.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: Seabrook
Kerry Klingler

When Kerry Klingler was eight years old, his father decided sailing would be a good sport for the family to enjoy together. Kerry and his dad learned to sail at the same time, and Kerry fell in love. He started to race competitively at the local yacht club, and by the time he was a senior in high school he knew he wanted to make the sailing industry his career. He dreamed of life as a sailmaker and decided to pursue that dream.

Kerry jumped into the industry and found himself not only making sails, but running a loft as well. While he appreciated the opportunity to stay in the industry, he felt his talents growing stale. “I was designing sails, but no one was pushing me to the next level as a maker or designer,” he said. “I started looking for a position where I could design with a company that was technologically advanced so I could become a better, smarter, more advanced sail designer.”

He found that opportunity at Quantum Sails. As the J-Boat Team Leader, Kerry not only designs sails for some of the largest One Design fleets, he also gets out of the loft to help his clients get the most out of every sail. Though people recognize him as a dedicated sailmaker, he’s also working hard all the time to provide the best service and products for their boats.

“I teach them first,” he said. “I show them how to tune the boat, how the sail should sit on the boat, how to trim it, and more. It’s a pretty comprehensive session where I try to infuse as much knowledge as possible.”

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: J-Boat Team Leader
Career highlights
  • J/80 – 4-time North American champion, former world champion and top competitor since 2000
  • J/109 – 3-time North American champion
  • Numerous big boat races, including success on J/133 and J/146
Scott Nixon

Scott Nixon has been involved with racing his whole life. An All-American sailor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Scott later coached many students to the All-American ranks at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He has a wide range of racing experiences, including dinghies, One Design keelboats, inshore big boats, and offshore distance racing.

Scott joined Quantum Sails in 2000, and his experiences bring a unique skill-set to Quantum’s programs. Focusing primarily on One Design classes, he is directly involved in testing, design, and development of Quantum’s One Design sail programs, working directly with the design team to make sure Quantum® sails are at the front of the fleet.

Scott has sailed with Quantum customers to win championships at the world, Gold Cup, European, North American, and national levels. His hands-on approach includes active campaigns and racing in the following classes for Quantum: J/22, J/24, J/70, J/80, J/109, J/111, C&C 30, Farr 30, Farr 40, NYYC 42, Swan 45, Melges 20, Melges 24, and Melges 32.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Global Offshore One Design Director
  • Current Town: Annapolis
Mark Reynolds

When Mark Reynolds walked into the Opening Ceremonies at Sydney’s Olympic Games, he made U.S. Olympic yachting history as a four-time consecutive Olympic representative in the same event. Well-known as the “Star of the Star class," Mark has won two world championship titles ('00,'95) and three Olympic medals (1992 Gold,1988 Silver, 2000 Gold) in arguably the most competitive One Design class in the world.

Mark started sailing with his father (also a Star World Champion, sailing with Dennis Conner in 1971) when he was four. As a sophomore on the San Diego State University sailing team, he was an All American, leading the collegiate team to 2nd place finishes in 1974 and 1975 in the North American Dinghy Championships. A protégé of Dennis Conner, Mark started his first Olympic campaign in the Flying Dutchman class.

After the 1980 Olympic boycott, Mark started sailmaking at North Sails. Two years later, he left to start his own Sobstad loft, then joined Quantum Sails before the 2000 Olympics.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Loft Owner, Quantum Sails San Diego
  • Current Town: San Diego
Career highlights
  • 2012 inducted into the Sailing Hall of Fame
  • 2002 Farr 40 World Champion (tactician)
  • 2002 inducted into Sailing World’s Hall of Fame
  • 2000 ISAF/Sperry World Sailor of the Year
  • 2000 Star Olympic Gold Medalist, Sydney
  • Star World Champion (’00,'95)
  • 1992 Star Olympic Gold Medalist, Barcelona
  • U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year for Sailing (’89, ’92)
  • 1988 Star Olympic Silver Medalist, Pusan
  • 1986 Goodwill Games Gold Medalist, Estonia
  • 1979 Pan Am Games Snipe Gold Medalist
  • Continental Star Champion (10 Times)
  • Bacardi Cup Champion (’02,’98,’97,’93,’90,’89,’84)
  • Kiel Week Gold medalist (’79,’86,’00,’02)
  • 1978 Snipe US National and North American Champion (3 times)
  • 1979 Snipe Worlds runner up
  • ICYRA All-American (’75)
Randy Shore

Randy Shore grew up sailing. His parents – both championship sailors – introduced him to the water at an early age, but it wasn’t until high school that he decided to devote his time and energy to sailing. With the help of several amazing teachers, including Quantum’s Terry Hutchinson, Randy became a championship sailor himself, eventually becoming a member of the only team to win three consecutive U.S. match racing championships.

Randy also grew up around sail lofts, working at Shore Sails, his dad’s loft. Midway through college, Randy was running the production floor when he realized he wanted to go into management. He left Shore Sails to study and learn business outside the industry before returning to sailmaking in 2005. “Three things got me back into sailmaking,” said Randy. “Having my father’s business to build on, wanting to own and run my own business, and having an extensive background in sailing and sailmaking.”

As part of Quantum Sails, Randy and the team at Quantum Newport have access to all of Quantum’s resources and expertise, but Randy said it’s working with customers and helping them improve that he enjoys the most about his job. “I tend to be more of a coach than a competitor,” he said. “When I walk away from sailing with customers, my measure of success is the knowledge that they have gained and the foundation we have built – as well as how much fun they had – rather than just the score on the results sheet. I take great pleasure in helping my customers meet their next challenge.”

Growing up doing bow, navigation, and pit on J/24, J/29, J/35, J/44, and Farr 40 boats, Randy now spends more time trimming and as tactician on bigger boats, but his preference is sailing one design boats. If you can’t find Randy working, sailing, or spending time with his family, look for him at a local Ska show!

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: Newport
Career highlights
  • National, North American, and World Championship experience in:
  • Lightning (top-five finisher)
  • 12 Meter (top-five finisher)
  • Sonar (top-five finisher)
  • 210 (top-five finisher)
  • Ensign
  • Shields
  • J/24
George Szabo

George grew up in San Diego racing Stars, Lasers and Snipes. As a kid, he made sails for his model boats before eventually taking a part-time job with Quantum during high school and college. He came on full-time in 1993 as a sailmaker and designer.

Using the latest computer design programs, George is able to create the fastest, most efficient sails for smaller One Design boats. This technology, combined with his intimate understanding of One Design sailing, allows him to create the most versatile sails available. The San Diego loft designs a variety of One Design sails, including Thistle and Lido 14, but their specialties are Olympic Class Star and Snipe boats.

George is the 2009 Star World Champion, as well as an 21-time National/North American Champion. In addition to his sail-making abilities and wins, he is also an accomplished keelboat tactician and trimmer.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: San Diego
Career highlights
  • 2011 Star North American Champion
  • 2010 Star North American Champion
  • 2009 Star World Champion
  • 2005 Star North American Champion
  • 2005 Snipe National Champion
  • 2001 Star North American Champion
  • 2000 Snipe North American Champion
  • 2000 Snipe National Champion
  • 1999 Snipe North American Champion
  • 1999 Snipe National Champion
  • 1998 Snipe North American Champion
  • 1998 Snipe National Champion
  • 1997 Snipe North American Champion
  • 1997 Snipe National Champion
Alejandro Irigoyen

Alejandro Irigoyen

Alejandro Irigoyen started sailing when he was 12 years old. His father was a keen sailboat racer at the Yacht Club Argentino, and Alejandro spent his weekends racing and living aboard the family’s wooden S&S Finisterre. By the time he graduated high school, Alejandro knew he wanted to dedicate his life to sailing, so he started studying yacht design.

He started his sailmaking career in 1982 working for Hood, before starting his own Sobstad loft. In 2001, Alejandro joined the Quantum Sails family. “It was a natural decision,” he said. “I shared the same view and goals as the founding group.”

Though he’s sailed in various classes, Alejandro’s expertise includes Optimist, Cadet, 470, Snipe, J/24, J/70, J/105, Soto 33, and Soto 44 classes. Whether he’s sharing his class knowledge and experience, or helping customers organize their campaigns and training, Alejandro’s passion for excellence provides the best service, products, and support for his customers.

Basic info
  • Nationality: Argentina
  • Position: Quantum Sails South America
Career highlights
  • 15-time National Champion in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Peru
  • 6-time South American Champion in Cadet, 470, J/24, and Soto 40 as helm/skipper
  • Coached 470 Olympic bronze medalist teams in 2000 & 2012
  • Coached Soto 40 Team Negra in 2010 & 2013
  • Has successfully raced as elm/trimmer/tactician on board various one One Design and offshore boats at regattas in more than 30 countries around the world
Kris Werner

Kris Werner is a graduate of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, earning an unlimited tonnage/oceans USCG license and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and Business. For several years, he served as a collegiate sailing coach, then as a ship’s officer on ocean-going tankers. He came to Rochester in 2003 as a chief officer on the Rochester Fast Ferry. Following that he was a broker with RCR Yachts while also working with Steve Haarstick on designs for Beneteau 40.7s and his J/24. For three years he worked at Haarstick Sailmakers as he transitioned to owner of the sail loft.

Kris has extensive experience on offshore and One Design racing campaigns, both driving and crewing. In addition to keeping busy sailing and running his business, Kris is the proud father of three energetic boys: Steven, Chase, and Austin.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Owner, Quantum Sails Rochester
  • Current Town: Rochester
Career highlights
  • 2017 - Quantum Key West- J/88-1st Place - Tactics/Mainsail
  • 2016 - J/24 Great Lakes Championship- 1st - Helm
  • 2016 - CanAm Regatta- J-88 Class- 1st Place - Tactician/Mainsail
  • 2016 - J/22 World Championship- 4th place - Tactics/Bow
  • 2014 & 2015- J-70 Winter Series- 5th Overall- 45boats-helm
  • 2013 - Charleston Race Week One Design Overall Champion- J/24-helm
  • 2012 - Newport-Bermuda - 2nd Place - Swan 42-helmsman
  • 2012 - Argo Gold Cup Match Race World Tour event- Bow
  • 2011 - IRC North American Champion-helm
  • 2009 - Lake Ontario / LYRA Boat of the Year- Beneteau 40.7-helm/tactics
  • 2009 - Lake Ontario 300 - 1st Place-skipper
  • 2006-8 - Meter North American Champion-tactics/mainsail
  • 2005 - J/24 Great Lakes Champion-helm
  • 1998 - 2001 Coached NY Maritime College Sailing team to National Ranking
  • 1998 - Empire State Games- Gold Medal- Laser
Karl Felger

Karl Felger was raised within a community of sailors, having spent every summer on the water since he was eight years old. Summer internships at a local sail loft lead to a full time position at Quantum Toledo for two years before a ten year hiatus in the tech industry. Karl returned to sailmaking full time in the Fall of 2016 and has never looked back. Years of customer service and project manager experience, coupled with his passion for sailing and history as an accomplished helmsman, tactician and trimmer gives care the skill set needed to support customers and drive development.

Whether it be round the buoy or distance racing, Karl has extensive experience on One Design and offshore racing campaigns. On the regatta circuit you can find Karl competing in many local, regional and national events throughout the year, including inshore classes such as the Thistle, Highlander and J/70 to offshore classes such as the Melges 32, J/105 and J/111.

When asked about how he can contribute to the sailing industry, Karl says, "It's our customers' experiences that are going to help grow the sport. I want my work to reflect them and their experiences, and I want to make sure they are recognized as well."

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Loft Manager
Bill Wiggins
Basic info
  • Position: Sail Consultant

David Arnaus Gomez

Travis Odenbach

Travis Odenbach rose to the top of the One Design circuit in multiple classes in a short amount of time. He is a member of the Quantum Sails Rochester team and an accomplished member of Quantum’s team of J/24 class experts.

In the J/24 class, Travis has won the North Americans and finished in the top three multiple times at Nationals, North Americans, and Worlds. In the Beneteau First 36.7 class he’s helped win three North American championships, and in the J/22 class he has multiple top-five finishes at the world and North American championships. Around the country you can find Travis winning many regional events driving his own J/24 or helping customers on J/70s, J/24s, J/22s, Ideal 18s, and other larger boats. He recently sailed on a Carkeek HPR 40 in the Annapolis-to-Newport regatta, where they won their division.

When not sailing for work, Travis enjoys sailing his Moth.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: One Design Specialist
  • Current Town: Rochester
Fluency

English

Career highlights
  • 2017 J/24 Kiel Race week, Kiel Germany 2nd place
  • 2017 J/24 Midwinters 2nd place Helmsman
  • 2017 J/24 North Americans Houston Yacht Club 3rd
  • 2017 J/22 Midwinters 2nd Helmsman
  • 2017 J/22 Jack Rabbit Regatta 1st place Helmsman
  • 2017 J/22 North Americans 2nd place Helmsman
  • 2017 Charleston Race Week Viper 2nd place Tactician
  • 2017 J/70 Great Lakes Championship/CAN AM Challenge 1st place Tactician
  • 2017 Davis Island J/70 Winter Series 4th place Tactician
  • 2016 J/24 North Americans Port Credit Yacht Club 2nd
  • 2016 J/24 Kiel Race Week, Kiel Germany 2nd place Helmsman
  • 2016 J/22 Worlds 4th Helmsman
  • 2016 J/70 Can Am Challenge 2nd place Tactician
  • 2015 J/24 World Championship- Boltenhagen, Germany: 3rd Place; Helmsman
  • 2015 J/24 North American Championship- Portland, ME: 2nd Place; Helmsman
  • 2015 J/24 East Coast Championship- Annapolis, MD: 1st Place; Helmsman
  • 2015 J/22 North Americans- Houston, TX: 4th Place; Helmsman
  • 2015 Lake Ontario Freedom Long Distance Race; Concordia 47: 1st Place; Helmsman
  • 2015 Annapolis to Newport Long Distance Race; Carkeek 40: 1st Place; Crew
  • 2014 J/24 World Championship- Newport, RI: 5th Place; Helmsman (75 Boats)
  • 2014 J/70 Can Am Challenge- Youngstown, NY: 2nd Place; Helmsman
  • 2014 Lake Ontario Freedom Long Distance Race; Concordia 47: 1st Place; Helmsman
  • 2013 J/24 World Championship- Howth, Ireland: 3rd Place; Helmsman
  • 2012 J/24 North Americans- Jacksonville, FL: 3rd Place; Helmsman
  • 2011 J/24 North American Championship- Halifax, Nova Scotia: 1st Place; Helmsman
  • 2011 J/24 North East Championship- Lake George, NY: 1st Place; Helmsman (70 Boats)
  • 2011 J/24 World Championship- Buenos Aires, Argentina: 8th Place; Crew
  • 2011 J/22 World Championship- New Orleans, LA: 8th Place; Helmsman
  • 2010 J/22 North American Championship- Buffalo, NY: 6th Place; Helmsman
  • 2010 Beneteau 36.7 North American Championship: 1st Place; Crew
  • 2009 Beneteau 36.7 North American Championship: 1st Place; Crew
  • 2008 Beneteau 36.7 North American Championship: 1st Place; Crew

When Carles Rodriguez was four years old, his mother worked for a One Design boat company. She started taking him to races on the weekends, and it didn’t take long before Carlos started racing. When he was just 17 years old, the Catalonian Sailing Federation offered him a job, and he’s been sailing ever since.

A professional sailor since 1995, Carlos has an extensive resume, including experience on JV37 Comet, Open 60 Estrella Damm, TP52, X-35, J/80, IMX40, and Sinergia 40. His maxi racing boat experiences include Farr 92 El Baile, Frers 100 Syl, SW72 Kiboko, SW100 Alarife, A&R 100 Arrayan, Vitters 98 Aphrodite, GF105 Only Now, Noorsee 88 Ifalik, Wally 77 Barong, and many other classes.

Carlos started working at a Quantum Sails loft in1996. A well-known brand in Spain, Quantum Sails Spain goes beyond simply selling sails. Carlos not only spends almost every weekend racing in local and national events with Quantum customers, serving as skipper, tactician, and jib-spinnaker-mainsail trimmer, he also trims masts, finds crew members, provides certification optimization, and even services sails during races. At Quantum Sails Spain, Carlos works hard to make it a full-service, one-stop loft for all sailing needs.

Basic info
  • Nationality: Spain
Fluency

Spanish

Career highlights
  • Spain Tir (X-362)
  • Camper and Trasmediterranea (First 40, 7)
  • Freixenet (JV46)
  • Zurich (GP42 and BC41)
  • Fermax (GP42)
  • Santa Anna (JV57)
  • Siemmens Mobile (Farr 42)
  • Icaro (D44)
  • Garmin (DK46)
  • Iberdrola (Soto 40)
  • Copa del Rey Champion, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • ORC Non-Corinthians World Championship – 3rd place, 2007
  • Two-time ORC Spanish Champion
Chris Schramel

Chris Schramel didn’t start sailing until he was 18 years old, but it looked like fun, so he gave it a try. He sailed throughout college, and the excitement of the competition, the girls, and the adventure of it all got in his blood. In 1975, his passion became his career when he ran a small loft in Martha’s Vineyard.

Chris spent several years with Sobstad before joining the Quantum team as an affiliate loft. With all of Quantum’s resources and experts available to him, Chris not only provides the best service and products available, he also treats his customers as friends, investing his time and talents to help them get the most out of their sailing experiences.

A Flying Scot expert, Chris is also experienced in 5.5 Meter, Laser, 470, Snipe, V-15, Rhodes 19, and Tornado classes, as well as most of the popular offshore One Design and handicap boats.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Quantum Sails
  • Current Town: New Orleans
Career highlights
  • Rhodes 19 National Champion
  • Laser Masters Midwinters – 3rd
  • ¼ Ton Midwinters – 2nd
  • J/35 Nationals – 2nd
  • Regatta Del Sol: Pensacola to Isla Mujeres, Mexico – 1st
  • Pensacola Race: Gulfport to Pensacola – 1st
  • Multiple top- finishes and victories in regional one One design Design and offshore championships
Chris Rast

Born in the United States, Chris Rast has lived in Switzerland since he was two years old. A certified Swiss toolmaker and engineer with a degree from the University of California-San Diego, Chris says his education provided the cornerstones to his successful sailing campaigns.

His first Olympic campaign was in 1996 in the 470, followed by two more Olympic appearances in the 49er, one sailing for Switzerland and one for the U.S. A winner of multiple national, European, and World championships, he continuously seeks to challenge himself with new objectives. In 2006, he started sailing –and winning – in the Melges 24 fleeting, including the 2015 Melges 24 World Championship.

In addition to his sailing credits, Chris is also an experienced coach, coaching the Swiss Olympic team in 2000. He was the project manager for performance-driven programs like the Alinghi Decision 35 and the EFT Sailing Team. Along with his wife Danielle, he also runs Swiss Performance Sailing, LLC.

As Quantum’s Melges 24 Class Expert, Chris will help all clients improve on the race course. He doesn’t only work with the professional teams – he’s available to anyone familiar with or just discovering the fleet. “The class lives and dies not by the professionals or the top teams, but those teams that make up the middle of the rankings,” said Chris. “We really want to support the Corinthian teams and the teams that need a little bit of advice to do well around the race course. I like helping teams and helping them get better. That’s what I’m really looking forward to.”

“Since its inception, the Melges 24 has been such a fun boat to sail in regards to its performance. It goes well upwind, and downwind it’s a hoot,” he said. “If you’re looking for a class where you get to sail not only against other Corinthian teams, but also against fully professional teams – people like Jimmy Spithill, Vince Brun, Morgan Larson, and Terry Hutchinson – get yourself a Melges 24 and you can go against the world’s best.”

Basic info
  • Nationality: Switzerland
Fluency

German, English

Career highlights
  • Melges 24 Worlds – 1st 2015
  • Melges 24 Audi Tron #2 - 1st 2015
  • Melges 24 St. Pete NOOD - 2015
  • J70 Chicago NOOD - 1st 2014
  • Moth EFG Moth Euro Cup Season - 1st 2014
  • Melges 24 Chicago Gold Cup - 1st 2013
  • Melges 20 European Championship - 1st 2013
  • J/70 St. Pete NOOD - 1st 2013
  • Melges 20 North American Championship – 2nd 2013
  • Melges 20 US National Championship – 2nd 2013
  • J/70 San Diego NOOD - 1st 2013
  • Melges 20 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - 1st 2012, 2013
  • Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - 1st 2010, 2011, 2013
  • Melges 20 US National Championship - 1st 2010, 2011, 2012
  • 49er Olympics – 6th 2008

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.”

Basic info
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Current Town: Port de Badalona
Career highlights
  • 20 National Championship titles in Optimist, Dragon, 420, match racing, and SB 20 in Portugal, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, and Switzerland
  • Vice World Champion in 470 Junior
  • Christmas Race Palamos 49er Class champion
  • Cowes Week winner Dragon and TP52
  • 2015 Cascais TP52 Super Series winner as Quantum Racing local adviser
Vittorio d'Albertas

Vittorio d’Albertas started his career designing sails in Italy and Denmark before returning to Italy in 2010 to open Quantum SDG Italy with Filippo Jannello and Francesco “Paco” Rebaudi. As a designer, Vittorio has created sails for boats of all sizes, from small One Designs to the largest and most beautiful yachts of the world. Whether he’s designing cruising or racing sails, his approach is always committed to improving performance and sailing pleasure by looking at the big picture, not only the sails. A self-proclaimed sailing maniac, Vittorio doesn’t just design sails, he uses them too. Owner of a Dinghy 12' and a Finn, when he’s not in the loft, you can usually find Vittorio on the water.

Basic info
  • Nationality: Italy
Fluency

Italian, English, French, Spanish

Farley Fontenot

Farley is a lifelong, world-class sailor with more than 30 years of experience as one of the world’s top sailmakers and yacht racers. In 1985, Farley teamed up with John Kolius and started UK Sails Texas. The loft became the premier sail maker on the Gulf Coast and gained international recognition for its success in Grand Prix events. In 1996, Farley co-founded Quantum Sails and now serves as Executive Vice President.

Among his many accomplishments, Farley is a two-time member of the J/24 world championship team and has sailed aboard the winner of the Southern Ocean Racing Conference, the International 50’ class world champion, and the One Design 48 circuit season champion. He and Kolius teamed up again on the water and have won the J/80 North Americans, taking second at the J/80 Worlds.

Farley coaches many Melges 32 teams, races on RP 86 Windquest, and races his own Viper 640.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Executive Vice President
  • Current Town: Seabrook
Career highlights
  • Annapolis-Newport
  • Newport-Bermuda
  • One Design 35 Circuit
  • Trans Pac
  • Kenwood Cup
  • San Francisco Big Boat Series
  • Maxi Boat World Championship
  • One Ton Worlds
  • Ultimate 30 Pro Series
  • One Ton North Americans
  • MORC Internationals
  • Japan Cup
  • Geelong Race Week
  • Block Island Race Week
  • World Match Racing Series
  • Whitby Island Race Week
  • Farr 40 AC Trails
  • J-109 NA Champion
  • TP 52 Windquest
  • Chicago and Port Huron to Mac
  • Hamilton Island Race Week

A lifelong sailor, Clarke McKinney began his sailmaking and canvas career in 1979. His extensive sailing experience includes both inshore and offshore racing on a variety of yachts and at locations around the globe. He’s sailed on everything from one design and cruising boats to IRC, ORR, and PHRF rated boats to classic yachts. Having raced in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean seas, as well as the Great Lakes, and cruised the Chesapeake and beyond, he is exceptionally well-suited to meet your needs.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Current Town: Solomons

When Fernando Sallent was 10 years old, a friend of his father bought him an Optimist dinghy. From then on Fernando was hooked. As an adult, his first business venture was Technik Boats, a small Optimist shipyard, but it was the physics of sailing that really intrigued him. “I always had a passion for finding a way to make boats go faster,” he said.

That passion led him to La Industrial Velera Marsal, a local sailmaker who made all of his sails by hand. Fernando worked there learning the basics of sailmaking while also running Technick Boats. After taking a year off to serve in the military, he decided to leave Technick and joined Toni Tio Sail Loft. Toni Tio was only designing cruising sails at the time, so Fernando came on board to lead the One Design section of the company.

In 1996, Toni and Fernando visited the Quantum Annapolis loft, and in 2000 they joined the Quantum Sails team. Fernando continues to design One Design sails as he works to help his clients improve on the water. “I love seeing how sailors do better when the product is improved,” he said. “I love the fine tuning of boats and sails on the water.”

An accomplished sailor, Fernando also works as a coach for many teams. He coached the 470 women’s world, Olympic, and European champions in 1992 and the 470 women’s world champions in 1995. Since 2000, he has advised the Norwegian, Swedish, Swiss, and Spanish Olympic teams.

Basic info
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Position: Sail Designer
  • Current Town: Barcelona
Career highlights
  • As a sail designer, Fernando’s sails have won:
  • 1992 Olympics – 470 men’s gold medal, 470 women’s gold medal, Europe Dinghy silver medal
  • 1996 Olympics – 470 women’s gold medal, 470 men’s bronze medal
  • 2000 Olympics – Europe Dinghy bronze medal
  • 2004 Olympics – Europe Dinghy gold medal, 470 women’s silver medal, 470 men’s bronze medal
  • 2008 Olympics – Tornado gold medal, 470 men’s bronze medal
  • 2012 Olympics – 470 women’s gold medal
  • 470 Class – 1992-95 men’s world champion,
  • 1992/1995-96/2005/2011 women’s world champion
  • Optimist – 1993-96/2004 world champion
  • Europe Dinghy – 2003-04/2010 women’s world champion
  • 2004-06/2010-12 men’s world champion
Maxim Logutenko

Maxim started working in the Quantum Russia office in 2010 after a lifetime of sailing experiences. He started sailing on Optimist boats when he was six years old and became a champion sailor. He is a two-time All-Japan Mini Hopper and Sea Hopper Junior Champion, two-time Quarter Ton class All-Russia Champion, and the 2008 Dragon European Champion. Maxim is also experienced on Cadet, 470, 49er and RC44 boats. When he's not sailing, Maxim also coaches, including the Russian Yngling class for the 2008 Olympics.

When Maxim decided to transition into selling sails, he chose Quantum because of its state-of-the-art design and development, as well as Quantum's reputation for quality. He is excited to work with new and repeat clients to help everyone find the fastest, most competitive sails.

Jeff Thorpe

Jeff Thorpe

Jeff Thorpe was eight years old when he started the Leo Robbins sailing program. The instructor told his dad that Jeff wasn’t cut out for sailing, but Jeff went back the next season and hasn’t stopped sailing since. Throughout high school he raced Sabots, Lasers, and Laser 2s. When it was time for college, he didn’t have the money, so he took a job building and racing Morc boats at Pinnacle Yacht Design Group. Jeff stayed involved in the marine industry in a variety of ways, from an Olympic campaign with friends to fixing and rebuilding J/24s at his own shop to working in a sail loft. While working at the loft, he had the opportunity to sail on a J/125 with Quantum sails. Jeff was impressed with what he saw. He contacted Quantum Sails and told them he needed to work for them. Today Jeff works as a sail consultant at the Quantum Pacific loft, giving his clients the attention to detail they need to find the right sails. With his extensive sailing history, he’s more than qualified to help others figure out exactly what they need to meet their goals. “I spent years running offshore racing programs, so I have a fair bit of knowledge that helps me provide my clients with a great resource when they have questions,” said Jeff. “I make sure they understand all the options available to them to help them enjoy their sailing.” Jeff’s sailing experience includes J/70, J/111, J/105, J/125, Melges 24, Olson 30, E-22, PHRF, ORR, IRC, TP 52, Santa Cruz 70, and Santa Cruz 52 classes, as well as offshore catamarans, cruising boats, and racing boats.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: Pt. Richmond
Career highlights
  • 2006-2013 Several class wins in Transpac and Pacific Cup races
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