Lightning Class Info

Experienced and always ready for the next challenge—nothing describes our Lightning team and sails better. Every one of our Lightning team members is passionate about the class, its sailors, and helping everyone go faster and meet more challenges. Our commitment to excellence is unrivaled. If you’re looking for more than just sails for your Lightning, the Quantum team is always ready to help.

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Lightning Mainsails

Lightning AP Mainsail

Based on our most successful designs, the Quantum AP Main is easy to tune and trim while being forgiving and fast.  This sail comes complete with RBS battens, tell tales, numbers, a bag, vision window, and class royalty.  

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This item will be available to ship in 5 to 6 weeks

Lightning Headsails

Lightning A1 Jib

This sail is for those looking for more power, especially in light air or chop. The Annapolis Jib is forgiving and goes through the ranges well. The sail comes standard with telltales, vision window, draft stripes, bag, RBS battens and class royalty.

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Lightning Spinnakers

Lightning Radial Running Spinnaker

This AP sail has a wind range from 0-30 knots. When you’re looking for an all-around performer, this is your sail. The radial construction is made from AirX 600. Includes class royalty.

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This item will be available to ship in 5 to 6 weeks

Lightning Accessories

Lightning Extra Set of Battens

Extra Batten Set

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This item will be available to ship in 1 to 2 weeks

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Bill Wiggins
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  • Position: Sail Consultant
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
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
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
Date Regatta Result
Jun 3, 2016 Bayview One Design Regatta 4
Mar 16, 2016 Miami Midwinter Regatta 2
Feb 15, 2015 Helly Hansen St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta 2