Quantum Sails Win Four Classes, Three Corinthian Championships at Charleston Race Week

Quantum-powered teams raced hard and finished well in multiple classes at the 20th Annual Sperry Charleston Race Week. Quantum sails led their teams to victory in the overall and Corinthian divisions in several classes.

In the Corinthian races, Quantum teams finished first in the Melges 20, Melges 24, and J/70. Paul Currie on Wild Deuces and Jens Altern Wathne on Party Girl took the Melges 20 and Melges 24 Corinthian titles by 7- and 10-point margins. In the J/70 fleet, Rob Britts on Hot Mess lengthened his winning history, finishing in first by 35-points.

Overall, Quantum teams celebrated many top-ten finishes, including:

Farr 280
2 – Joe Woods, Red

Melges 24
4 – Jens Altern Wathne, Party Girl
6 – Richard Reid, Zingara

They also won four divisions, including 1-2-3 sweeps in J/80 and Melges 20. Other Quantum top-finishes include:

1 – Iris Vogel, Deviation
2 – Rob Butler, Touch2Play Racing

1 – George Gamble, My Sharona
3 – Rob Ruhlman, Spaceman Spiff
4 – Gary Weisberg, Heat Wave
5 – Douglas Curtiss, Wicked 2.0

1 – Clarke McKinney, USA 788
2 – Gary Panariello, Courageous
3 – Ken Mangano, Mango

Melges 20 – US Nationals
1 – Jason Michas, Midnight Blue
2 – Richard Davies, Section 16
3 – Tom Kassberg, Flygfisk
4 – Cesar Gomes Neto, Portobello
5 – Bruce Golison, Midlife Crisis
6 – Drew Wierda, Peshmerga
7 – Wes Whitmyer, Jr., Slingshot

J/70 – Corinthian
1 – Rob Britts, Hot Mess

Melges 20 – Corinthian
1 – Paul Currie, Wild Deuces

Melges 24 – Corinthian
1 – Jens Altern Wathne, Party Girl

Congratulations to everyone on a great weekend!

For full results from the 2015 Sperry Charleston Race Week, click here

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Summer Racing is Full-On in San Francisco

One-design sailors were treated to summer breezes in the 20s at J/Fest and Resin Regatta hosted out of the St. Francis and San Francisco Yacht Clubs this past weekend.

Summer is back on the San Francisco Bay. J/Fest hosted at the St. Francis Yacht Club included almost 50 boats across five classes, from J/70s, to J/24s, J/105s, J/111s, and J/120s, while the San Francisco Yacht Club hosted another 30 boats in the Resin Regatta, the Melges 24s, Express 27s, and Knarrs. J/Fest racers sailed primarily up and down the city front, while the Resin Regatta played out in the Berkeley Circle. Meanwhile, the high school championship took place just off Fort Mason.

Saturday brought winds from the west and southwest into the high 20s, and high teens on Sunday. Races each day began with a flood tide shifting to ebb by day’s end.

“J/Fest was once again the first big breeze regatta of the season. Everybody said it wasn’t the beautiful light-air sailing that we’ve experienced all winter long,” said J/Fest organizer Norman Davant of Sail California. “It’s back to summertime on the Bay—bring you’re A-game!”

Both regattas served up five races, three on Saturday and two on Sunday. The smaller J/boats sailed almost the same four-leg course four out of five races, shifting to a five-leg upwind course for the last race, while the bigger boats got a Bay tour for the third race on Saturday.

“We’ve got the high school championship in town that we’ve been supporting, and we’re running both events—J/Fest and the Resin Regatta—right there too, which made the courses kind of short for the bigger boats. We thought the short-course racing was really good along with the long course late on Saturday afternoon, more of a Bay-tour style triangle course. We mixed it up and the competitors liked it—they were happy so we were happy,” said Davant.

The race committee was certainly stretched for the weekend, with three yacht clubs looking for RC staff. “You have a team of people that goes from club to club doing all of the race committee. We’re all trying to figure out how we can support each other to make all these races happen,” said J/Fest PRO Julie Wiard, adding that while the RC was stretched, the racing didn’t suffer.

“The J/105 fleet is always a challenging fleet; we had three general recalls on Saturday with the I flag, so we just went with the I flag for the rest of the regatta,” said Wiard. “The J/70s are getting up there, it’s getting competitive, we had a couple of general recalls on them, and the J/24s have their big regatta coming up at the end of May, so they’re ramping it up. We had a lot of really competitive racing out there.”

Both Wiard and Davant sent praises to the sailors for the lack of protests—not a single one either day. “The sophistication of the sailors is becoming better and better,” Davant said.

“I spent some time with Jeff Littfin on Mojo. I showed him how to use our VSpars/Quantum Sails sail scan program, which allows owners to take digital pictures of their mainsail shape and allows us compare them to the design file to make sure the rig is set up correctly. He really improved his boat speed in this regatta, dominating the J/105 fleet alongside Godot to finally finish in second in a tiebreaker,” said Quantum’s Jeff Thorpe.

“In the J/111 fleet, Reuben Rocci and Nesrin Basoz’s Swiftness made huge steps. I went out with them on Easter weekend and we worked through the tuning guide and what to look for in mainsail shape and headstay sag, and gave them pointers on what to look for. It’s really exciting to see these two boats sailing a lot faster.”

On the Resin Regatta side, the Melges 24s were using this weekend as their windy tuneup for the U.S. Nationals August 7–9 on the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. “It was a very good windy tuneup—classic Berkeley Circle smash and crash with six-foot chop, green water down the deck, everybody hanging hard, sails flogging,” said Quantum’s Will Paxton. “You’d watch the Melges 24s coming downwind, four boats gybe at once an only one pops out of it. There were a lot of Express 27s rounding up. We even rounded up when somebody blew the twing by accident, but it was a lot of fun.”

Paxton said many of the top Express 27 boats were sailing with a Quantum mainsail designed with a flattener, which was important especially on Sunday when winds started our lighter, at the top end of the genoa, and built throughout the first race.

“The flattener was really key. It’s an integral design of the mainsail. You can pull on a mini-reef without easing the halyard down and it pulls the whole bottom of the sail flat. When you’re in top-end conditions, or the top of the genoa, it’s a huge gear shift,” he said.

A flattener, also called a water reef, is designed into the seams of the camber of the sail, and controlled by the reef line. When it’s out, the sail has a lot of extra power and extra area at the bottom of the sail; when it’s in, it pulls the whole sail flat, raising the boom a little to offer extra visibility when the boat is heeled over. “I’ve been designing the flattener into all the ultralights I work with on the Bay, because as we all know, conditions are usually at top of the genoa at the start of the first race, and halfway through its blowing 20, so you’re asking a sail to work across a very wide range. Having a flattener in there to shift it into a higher gear is very helpful,” Paxton said.

Paxton has designed flatteners for Quantum sails on Moore 24s, Express 27s, and Ultimate 20s. “A lot of people think a flattener is a bad, ancient thing. But if you flip it around the other way, if you design this component into your nice, stable sail, it gives you another dimension to work with,” he said.

Eight of the nine Express 27s competing this weekend sailed with Quantum sails. Paxton won the regatta on Motorcycle Irene, while John Rivlin’s Peaches took second and Peggy Lidster’s Athena took third. “Peggy had a really good team together on Athena, and Sergey Lubarsky on Libra (fifth place in the regatta) was much-improved with a new Quantum mainsail designed with a flattener,” said Paxton.

“Our upwind speed was just tremendous,” said Lubarsky. “We had a brand new sail out of the box. We didn’t have a chance to tune, we didn’t have a chance to learn it, we had two new crew, I haven’t raced in six months, and bang—I out-perform my expectations by about three or four boats. Just out of the box, that sail was a weapon.”

Doug Wilhelm’s Wilco led the Melges 24 fleet, while Chris Perkins’s Three boys and a girl was the top Knarr in the Resin.

On the J/Fest side, TMC Racing owned by Michael Whitfield was the top J/24, Scott Sellers with 1FA (Quantum) won the J/70 class, Philip Laby led the J/105s with Godot (Quantum), Dorian McKelvy’s Madmen (Quantum) once again led the J/111s, and Barry Lewis’s Chance topped the J/120 fleet.

For full results from J/Fest, click here. For Resin Regatta results, click here.

By Jenn Virškus for Quantum Sail Design Group

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Quantum Sails Service & Support for Sperry Charleston Race Week 2015


Thursday Practice
Use designated VHF channel for the circles
Circle 3 for M20, M24, Viper: starts from 12pm – 2pm
Circle 2 for J/70: starts from 2pm – 4pm

Sail Repair
On-site overnight sail repair by Quantum Charleston; on the Terrace. Drop in after racing or contact John Bowden at 843-754-9547 or jbowden@quantumsails.com

Daily Video Debrief
6:00 PM, Main Stage/Jumbotron
Join America’s Cup winner and Quantum Racing helmsman Ed Baird and
Quantum Racing cameraman Keith Brash for daily insights.

Quantum Hospitality Tent
Stop by and register to WIN Quantum Racing® Gear and a Quantum Optimist Sail!

Owners’ Party
5:00-7:00 PM, Saturday, April 18th at the shoreside venue dining tent. Bring a guest and join us for fun, food, and specialty beverages.

Daily Dock Talks and Debriefs
Look for the boat with the Quantum flag!

Circle 1 – Saturday
For J/80s with Quantum’s J-boat expert, Kerry Klingler.
For J/24s with Quantum’s Allan Terhune and Travis Odenbach

Circle 2  – Friday
For J/70s with Quantum pros, Kerry Klingler, Marty Kullman and Allan Turhune. 

Circle 3 – Friday
For M24 with Quantum pro, Scott Nixon.

Circle 4 Offshore – Saturday 
For J/111s with Quantum pro, Scott Nixon.

Circle 5 Offshore – Thursday
For J/88s with Quantum’s J-boat expert, Kerry Klingler. Note: Time and place TBD, details will be sent to owners.

Circle 5 Offshore – Friday
For PHRF C with Quantum pro, Steve Thurston on his J/29 Mighty Puffin.

Event Contacts
We’re here to help you have a great event! Contact an on-site Quantum Rep with any questions or needs.

John Bowden, 843-754-9547, J/70 Wind Czar

Andy Camarda, 847-507-1179, J/70 Bucephalus

Alex Clegg, 401-301-7068, J/111 Heat Wave

Wally Cross, 586-596-8854, J/70 Wind Czar

Tim Greves, 401-658-6608, J/111 Wicked

Kerry Klingler,  914-924-3466, J/70  Menace

Martin Kullman, 727-560-0164, J/70 Reach Around

Gary Leduc, 508-965-7897, Wicked 2.0

Scott Nixon, 410-703-2578, J/111 My Sharona

Andrew Scott, 410-353-1518, Support

Doug Stewart, 410-353-1427, Support

Allan Terhune, 410-644-1051, M20

Steve Thurston, 401- 529-4821, J/29 Mighty Puffin

Libby Tomlinson, 231-313-8898, Event Coordinator

Nick Turney, 419-346-4197, J/111 Spaceman Spiff

Patrick Whitmarsh, 415-939-1965, M20 Flygfisk            

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