We asked you to share your ultimate sailing challenge for a chance to win the ultimate prize: Quantum sails and a day with an expert. We received hundreds of bold, creative, and inspiring essays and enjoyed reading about your goals and dreams. Thank you to all who entered. We are excited to announce the winners of the Quantum Ultimate Challenge contest.
Stay tuned in the months to come as we follow the winners as they conquer their challenges!
FIRST PLACE WINNERS
First place winners will receive Quantum sails (up to $10,000) and a day on the water with a sailing expert.
RACING: BREAKING TRADITIONS, BREAKING BOUNDARIES
Nick Woviotis - Mystic, CT
Nick overcame a fear of the water at the age of nine and has been sailing ever since. Nick didn't own a boat or belong to a sailing program, so he figured out ways to get on the water. He relied on the community around him, and eventually, they helped him start his own sailing team. Five years ago he officially launched the Dragon Sailing Team as a way to help kids like him: passionate about sailing, but without a boat. In the spring of 2015, they bought their first real racing boat - a J/24. They had a great first season, and to keep the team motivated, he came up with their ultimate challenge: at least 100 days racing in the next two years and qualifying for the 2017 J/24 World Championship. Read more...
CRUISING: HEAD FOR THE MED
PAUL MANICONE - DEALE, MD
Paul learned to sail in Israel in the late 1990's, but he didn't get back on the water until four years ago on a power boat. However, he was constantly being reminded of his first love - sailing. Paul recently watched a friend follow his dream and sail around the world and he realized that his dream was actually possible. He bought a boat and what started as an abstract idea began to take shape - a trip across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean to show his kids their family's roots in Italy, his sailing roots in Israel, and to discover new places. With a launch date set for 2018, Paul, his wife, and their kids are ignoring the hundreds of reasons not to do this and preparing themselves and their boat for the challenge of a lifetime. Read more...
Runners up will receive a Quantum Sails service and gear pack valued at $1,000.
RACING: WOMEN'S SAILING TEAM TAKES THE CHESAPEAKE BAY BY STORM
BARBIE KLIK - BALTIMORE, md
Barbie Klik grew up in landlocked New Mexico, but she's always loved the water. When she moved to Maryland for work, she got her chance to get out of the small lakes and explore the Chesapeake Bay. Over the past few years, Barbie has taken up racing, crewing primarily with teams of men. This year, she decided to develop an all-female team to race the Jeanneau 33i she owns with her husband. The team plans to make their debut in 2016 as they prepare for their ultimate challenge - Key West Race Week 2017. Read more...
CRUISING: FIVE GREAT LAKES IN FIVE MONTHS
JOHN FISCHER - BUFFALO, NY
John Fisher has always enjoyed spending time on the lake. It only took one trip on his brother-in-law's boat for John to catch the sailing bug, and it's one he's sharing with his family on their 2010 Beneateau 31 on Lake Erie. John noticed a trend in the sailing blogs he follows - a lot of people sailing around the world or to the Caribbean, but not much information about the Great Lakes. That omission inspired John's ultimate challenge. Though many sailors travel thousands of miles to explore distant oceans, John's challenge is close to his heart and close to home. With 94,000 square miles of water and 10,900 miles of coastline, he plans to explore all five Great Lakes in five months with his wife and four kids. Read more...