It is incredibly exciting to be involved with hot, new one design introductions. The challenge of figuring out what makes a boat tick, learning how it should be set up and sailed, determining the sail design and rig tuning formulas all make for an enormously satisfying project. It is a process that is in the very DNA of Quantum Sails. Since our formation, Quantum has been at the forefront of sail development in every major offshore one design class, including the C&C 30.
Development started in the summer of 2014 with the first set of test sails built for Hull #1. We are now on version 4.0 of most sails. There have been five one design regattas sailed beginning with a nine-boat fleet at the NYYC Annual regatta in June 2015. Needless to say their was plenty of tension during the first lineups. It is great to theorize about sail design, rig tuning, trim and setup, but no matter how good computational models have gotten, the moment of truth happens when the first gun goes off, and you find out if you were really on the right track.
Well, that question has been answered. Resoundingly, in fact. Since one design racing began in 2015 more than 100 races have been sailed. 90% have been won with Quantum sails. Every regatta has seen Quantum supply the power to the top podium finishers. A coordinated effort by the sailing teams and the design team has produced a clear speed advantage. Working together has accelerated the learning process, with every Quantum team benefiting from the lessons learned by others. Using identical class sails Quantum teams finished 1st, 2nd, and 4th in the 11 boat fleet at Quantum Key West race week, the first official class event of 2016. The trend continued as Quantum teams led the way in every regatta. To start 2017, the top three teams used Quantum at Key West Race Week.
Rig tuning and setup has been refined from initial assumptions and a new tuning matrix is available along with detailed lessons from the regatta covering all aspects of making the boats go. Dave Flynn, Scott Nixon, Jason Currie and Farley Fontenot have all now spent time on the boat and are available to help everyone get up to speed.