Quantum Sails Top Multiple Classes at GBCA

Quantum® sailors enjoyed many class wins in Texas last weekend at the Galveston Bay Cruising Association Performance Cup.

Quantum teams dominated the J/22 class, taking all three podium spots with a 1-2-3 win and never finishing lower than fourth. Julie Goetschius on Crayola and Anne Lee on Helms a Lee tied with 13 points, but Lee managed to take second overall thanks to her one win and two second place finishes. It was Mitch Clarke and Knot Bad in first with a commanding 7-point victory, winning three of the five races.

In the J/70 class, Quantum’s own Terry Flynn with Chubby Boy Racing took the title. Flynn never dropped out of the top four and won two races for the overall win. Chris Lew’s two wins weren’t quite enough for second place, but his consistent racing and placing in the top five put him on the podium in third.

In the PHRF Spin division it was all about George Cushing, who won six of seven races to take first place.

Congratulations to everyone on an amazing weekend!

GBCA Performance Cup

1 – Mitch Clarke, Knot Bad
2 – Anne Lee, Helms a Lee
3 – Julie Goetschius, Crayola

1 – Terry Flynn, Chubby Boy Racing
3 – Chris Lewis, GB

1 – George Cushing, 77

For full results from the GBCA Performance Cup, click here.


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Quantum Sails Take Top Spot in 2.4m at Leukemia Cup

4.2m-rsAfter three days of perfect sailing conditions, America’s Cup veteran Dee Smith won his first 2.4m regatta at the Leukemia Cup in Punta Gorda, Florida.

The 2.4m class held a two-day clinic in Port Charlotte before the one-day Leukemia Cup on March 14 at the Isle Yacht Club. Organized by Betsey Alison and the U.S. Paralympic team, the clinic featured Bill Shore coaching on and off the water. Local 2.4 sailor Dennis Peck ran the race course while Mark Bryant assisted the fleet on the water.

The 15-boat fleet included several notable sailors, including America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean racing veteran Dee Smith. Dan Evans, Charles Rosenfield, and Tim Ripley, the top three finishers at last year’s US Disabled Championships, were also there. Boat builder Tony Pocklington organized the event and competed.

Conditions over the three days were perfect sailing conditions. Wind speeds ranged from moderately light to moderately heavy with a light chop and both clocking and oscillating breezes.

Smith and Pocklington – both using Quantum® sails – set the initial pace for the regatta, seeming to battle it out for first and second places. Smith seemed to grow stronger throughout the day, winning four of the five races. Pocklington started strong, but ripped his primary sail in a collision on practice day and had to use his back-up main. Though he started with two second place finishes and a third place finish, he had to withdraw from the last two races. Quantum sails continued to sail strong though, leading Mark Fleckenstein and Don Walton to fourth and fifth places overall. Fleckenstein has been sailing 2.4ms for less than a year, and this was Smith’s first 2.4m regatta.

Congratulations to everyone on a great event!

Leukemia Cup – 2.4m Class
1 – Dee Smith
4 – Mark Fleckenstein
5 – Don Walton

For more results from the Leukemia Cup at the Isles Yacht Club, click here

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Quantum Sails Take Top Melges 20 Spots in Miami and Monaco

The Melges 20 class wrapped up its winter events this month with Quantum® sails on the podium in the US and Europe.

At the Pirogovo Cup in Monaco March 6-8, Quantum sails finished on top of the podium with Guido Miani and his MONACO RACING FLEET TEAM taking the win. Quantum dominated the top 10, claiming 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th places. Maxim Logutenko from Quantum Russia and Vittorio d’Alberta from Quantum Italy were both on hand offering class support throughout the event.

At the Melges Rocks Regatta, March 12-14 at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami, Florida, Quantum sails raced well in the 10-18 knot winds over three days. Quantum teams finished 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th for the regatta.

The Melges Rocks Regatta was the third of the 3-regatta Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Circuit, which was dominated by Quantum sails. Marc Hollerbach and Jonathan McKee won the overall series on Fu, with Michael Kiss on Bacio in second, and Cesar Gomes Neto and Quantum’s John Bowden on Portobello in third. Brian Hill on Atlas won the overall Corinthian Winter Circuit. Terry Hutchinson, John Bowden, and Scott Nixon were at all three events giving on- and off-water support.

Quantum’s top teams run with stock Quantum class mains, jibs, and spinnakers. Most teams prefer the AIRX 650 spinnaker for 10+ knots and Dynakote .75 for less than 10 knots and light/choppy conditions. Heavy main battens are available as an accessory. The stiffer battens help flatten out the mainsail in 14+ TWS, especially in the head. Many Quantum locations have these sails and accessories on the shelf, making these champion sails available to any sailor.

Congratulations to everyone on a great series!

Melges Rocks Regatta
2 – Cesar Gomes Neto, Portobello
4 – Alessandro Rombelli, Stig
6 – Marc Hollerbach, Fu
7 – Wes Whitmyer, Jr., Slingshot
9 – Daniel Theilman, Kuai
10 – Brian Hill, Atlas

For full results from the Melges Rocks Regatta, click here

Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series
1 – Marc Hollerbach, Fu
2 – Michael Kiss, Bacio
3 – Cesar Gomes Neto, Portobello

Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series – Corinthian
1 – Brian Hill, Atlas

For final results from the Audie Melges 20 Miami Winter Series, click here.

The next big events this year are the Audi Tron Sailing Series Event #1 in Loano, Italy (April 11-12) and US Nationals at Charleston Race Week, co-sponsored by Quantum Sail Design Group (April 17-19). We’ll have a sales and service loft on-site at Nationals to support all of our customers. See you there!

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