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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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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Lightning Accessories

Lightning Extra Set of Battens

Extra Batten Set

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Lightning News And Resources

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Allan Terhune, Jr. brings an impressive resume to his job as Global One Design Director for Quantum Sails. A resident of Annapolis, he is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and served as a commissioned Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He spent two years as the Director of Basic Seamanship Training at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he managed a fleet of more than 60 boats and directed the plebe summer sailing program, teaching more than 1,200 midshipman to sail each year.

An active and accomplished one design sailor, Terhune has won 11 North American Championships – which include the Lightning, Flying Scot, and Thistle classes – has turned in top performances in the Etchells, J/80, and J/70 classes, and was the 2013 J/22 World Champion. He’s a two-time finalist for the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (in 2008 and 2013), and was the 2007 U.S. Sailing’s One Design Leadership Award winner.

Terhune works directly with One Design owners and provides oversight for the company’s One Design program including sail development, sales and marketing, and program expansion.

  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Global Inshore One Design Director
  • Current Town: Annapolis
Career highlights
  • Championship Finishes
  • J/22 World Championship – 1st, 2013
  • J/22 Midwinters – 1st, 2013
  • J/22 Annapolis NOOD – 1st, 2011, 2013
  • J/22 World Championship – 3rd, 2011
  • Lightning North American Championship – 1st, 2003, 2008, 2013
  • Lightning North American Championship – 2nd, 2006, 2007, 2013
  • Lightning European Championship – 1st, 2007
  • Lightning Southern Circuit – 1st, 2009
  • Lightning World Championship – 2nd, 2007
  • Lightning Midwinters – 1st, 2004, 2013, 2014
  • Flying Scot North American Championship – 1st, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Flying Scot Midwinter Championship – 1st, 2008 2009
  • Thistle Midwinters – 1st, 2012
  • Thistle Nationals, - 1st, 2012, 2013
  • Etchells, Sid Doren Jaguar Cup – 1st, 2009
  • Etchells North American Championship – 3rd, 2008
  • J/70 DIYC #3 – 1st, 2014
  • J/70 Fall Brawl – 1st, 2012
  • J/80 North American’s (tactician) – 2nd, 2013
  • US Sailing Championship of Champions – 1st, 2004
  • US Sailing Sears Cup – 1st, 1995
  • College Sloop Championship – 1st, 1999

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.

  • 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
Date Class Regatta Result
Jun 3, 2016 Lightning Bayview One Design Regatta 4
Mar 16, 2016 Lightning Miami Midwinter Regatta 2
Feb 15, 2015 Lightning Helly Hansen St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta 2