Optimist CLASS INFO

Quantum’s Optimist program has been powering young sailors to the top of the fleet for more than 20 years, winning multiple world, European, North American, South American and regional championships. We offer a full range of sails, from our trainer—for sailing schools and junior programs—to our longer-lasting radial blue, green and black race sails. Our newest additions are the XR-1 green and black, for when you’re ready to accelerate your program. 

Quantum’s Optimist designer and team leader, Fernando Sallent, created the dinghy department for Quantum Spain in Barcelona, where he has been developing sails for more than 28 years. Fernando’s Optimist sails have won five World Championships. Under his guidance, we are constantly updating our sail selection, sail shapes and cloth options to keep our sails in front of the fleet.

Optimist Mainsails

Optimist Radial Black

For sailors 95+ lbs (43+ kg). Quantum’s Radial Optimist sails are made of the highest quality 2.99 polykote Dacron from Contender, which has proven to be the most durable cloth in the Optimist class. The sail panels are cut with threads facing the stress direction for greatest strength and shape-holding ability. All sails come with battens, vision window, luff and leech telltales, IODA royalty button, tube bag, sail ties, and sail numbers (digital eights for customer installation). 

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Optimist Radial Blue

For sailors up to 80 lbs (36 kg). Quantum's Radial Optimist sails are made of the highest quality 2.99 polykote Dacron from Contender, which has proven to be the most durable cloth in the Optimist class. The sail panels are cut with threads facing the stress direction for greatest strength and shape-holding ability. All sails come with battens, vision window, luff and leech telltales, IODA royalty button, tube bag, sail ties, and sail numbers (digital eights for customer installation). 

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Optimist Radial Green

For sailors 80- 95 lbs (36-43 kg). Quantum’s Radial Optimist sails are made of the highest quality 2.99 polykote Dacron from Contender, which has proven to be the most durable cloth in the Optimist class. The sail panels are cut with threads facing the stress direction for greatest strength and shape-holding ability. All sails come with battens, vision window, luff and leech telltales, IODA royalty button, tube bag, sail ties, and sail numbers (digital eights for customer installation). 

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Optimist Trainer

Trainer (for every weight) This cross-cut sail is built with an all-purpose shape. Built with a heavier cloth, it includes beefed up corners, patches, and batten pockets. It’s a great, inexpensive sail for club programs or day sailing. These sails can be upgraded with custom inked graphics or vinyl logos to promote your sailing club; contact a class expert or your local loft for these options.

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Optimist XR-1 Black

For sailors 100 lbs and up (46+ kg). When it's time to accelerate your program, you want the best – the Quantum XR-1. The panel designs include a cross-cut body for a smoother entry and exit, as well as a radial head to better distribute the loads. The XR-1 Optimist sail features the latest sail materials and technology, including a new sail cloth with superior stretch resistance and a new design with more volume at the top for faster sailing. All sails come with battens, vision window, luff and leech telltales, IODA royalty button, tube bag, sail ties, and sail numbers (digital eights for customer installation).

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Optimist XR-1 Green

For sailors up to 99 lbs (up to 45 kg). When it's time to accelerate your program, you want the best – the Quantum XR-1. The panel designs include a cross-cut body for a smoother entry and exit, as well as a radial head to better distribute the loads. The XR-1 Optimist sail features the latest sail materials and technology, including a new sail cloth with superior stretch resistance and a new design with more volume at the top for faster sailing. All sails come with battens, vision window, luff and leech telltales, IODA royalty button, tube bag, sail ties, and sail numbers (digital eights for customer installation).

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Optimist News And Resources

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Terry Flynn, a third generation sailmaker, started out in Annapolis, Maryland, where he developed a great foundation for both cruising and racing. He grew up on the family sailboat, cruising all over the Chesapeake Bay. Before he was 15 years old, he made 10 offshore deliveries from New York to Florida.

As a racer, Terry has competed in the Newport-Bermuda, the old SORC, Annapolis-Newport, and Trans-Superior races. His One Design credits include four J/22 North Americans and a World Championship. He’s also won North Americans, Nationals, and Midwinter races on 420s, Lightnings, J/24s, J/80s, J/30s, and Cadets, as well as winning One Ton, ¾ Ton, and ½ Ton Championships.

Growing up around sailors, Terry naturally fell into sailmaking and has never looked back. He’s worked his way up through the ranks, doing everything from bench work to design during his 37 year career. Terry has been with Quantum since the beginning, using his experiences to make sails that help customers improve their racing result or simply get more enjoyment out of their boats.

BASIC INFO
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: Seabrook

Scott Nixon has been involved with racing his whole life. An All-American sailor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Scott later coached many students to the All-American ranks at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He has a wide range of racing experiences, including dinghies, One Design keelboats, inshore big boats, and offshore distance racing.

Scott joined Quantum Sails in 2000, and his experiences bring a unique skill-set to Quantum’s programs. Focusing primarily on One Design classes, he is directly involved in testing, design, and development of Quantum’s One Design sail programs, working directly with the design team to make sure Quantum® sails are at the front of the fleet.

Scott has sailed with Quantum customers to win championships at the world, Gold Cup, European, North American, and national levels. His hands-on approach includes active campaigns and racing in the following classes for Quantum: J/22, J/24, J/70, J/80, J/109, J/111, C&C 30, Farr 30, Farr 40, NYYC 42, Swan 45, Melges 20, Melges 24, and Melges 32.

BASIC INFO
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Global Offshore One Design Director
  • Current Town: Annapolis

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.

BASIC INFO
  • 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.

BASIC INFO
  • 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

When Fernando Sallent was 10 years old, a friend of his father bought him an Optimist dinghy. From then on Fernando was hooked. As an adult, his first business venture was Technik Boats, a small Optimist shipyard, but it was the physics of sailing that really intrigued him. “I always had a passion for finding a way to make boats go faster,” he said.

That passion led him to La Industrial Velera Marsal, a local sailmaker who made all of his sails by hand. Fernando worked there learning the basics of sailmaking while also running Technick Boats. After taking a year off to serve in the military, he decided to leave Technick and joined Toni Tio Sail Loft. Toni Tio was only designing cruising sails at the time, so Fernando came on board to lead the One Design section of the company.

In 1996, Toni and Fernando visited the Quantum Annapolis loft, and in 2000 they joined the Quantum Sails team. Fernando continues to design One Design sails as he works to help his clients improve on the water. “I love seeing how sailors do better when the product is improved,” he said. “I love the fine tuning of boats and sails on the water.”

An accomplished sailor, Fernando also works as a coach for many teams. He coached the 470 women’s world, Olympic, and European champions in 1992 and the 470 women’s world champions in 1995. Since 2000, he has advised the Norwegian, Swedish, Swiss, and Spanish Olympic teams.

BASIC INFO
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Position: Sail Designer
  • Current Town: Barcelona
Career highlights
  • As a sail designer, Fernando’s sails have won:
  • 1992 Olympics – 470 men’s gold medal, 470 women’s gold medal, Europe Dinghy silver medal
  • 1996 Olympics – 470 women’s gold medal, 470 men’s bronze medal
  • 2000 Olympics – Europe Dinghy bronze medal
  • 2004 Olympics – Europe Dinghy gold medal, 470 women’s silver medal, 470 men’s bronze medal
  • 2008 Olympics – Tornado gold medal, 470 men’s bronze medal
  • 2012 Olympics – 470 women’s gold medal
  • 470 Class – 1992-95 men’s world champion,
  • 1992/1995-96/2005/2011 women’s world champion
  • Optimist – 1993-96/2004 world champion
  • Europe Dinghy – 2003-04/2010 women’s world champion
  • 2004-06/2010-12 men’s world champion

When Carles Rodriguez was four years old, his mother worked for a One Design boat company. She started taking him to races on the weekends, and it didn’t take long before Carlos started racing. When he was just 17 years old, the Catalonian Sailing Federation offered him a job, and he’s been sailing ever since.

A professional sailor since 1995, Carlos has an extensive resume, including experience on JV37 Comet, Open 60 Estrella Damm, TP52, X-35, J/80, IMX40, and Sinergia 40. His maxi racing boat experiences include Farr 92 El Baile, Frers 100 Syl, SW72 Kiboko, SW100 Alarife, A&R 100 Arrayan, Vitters 98 Aphrodite, GF105 Only Now, Noorsee 88 Ifalik, Wally 77 Barong, and many other classes.

Carlos started working at a Quantum Sails loft in1996. A well-known brand in Spain, Quantum Sails Spain goes beyond simply selling sails. Carlos not only spends almost every weekend racing in local and national events with Quantum customers, serving as skipper, tactician, and jib-spinnaker-mainsail trimmer, he also trims masts, finds crew members, provides certification optimization, and even services sails during races. At Quantum Sails Spain, Carlos works hard to make it a full-service, one-stop loft for all sailing needs.

BASIC INFO
  • Nationality: Spain
Fluency

Spanish

Career highlights
  • Spain Tir (X-362)
  • Camper and Trasmediterranea (First 40, 7)
  • Freixenet (JV46)
  • Zurich (GP42 and BC41)
  • Fermax (GP42)
  • Santa Anna (JV57)
  • Siemmens Mobile (Farr 42)
  • Icaro (D44)
  • Garmin (DK46)
  • Iberdrola (Soto 40)
  • Copa del Rey Champion, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • ORC Non-Corinthians World Championship – 3rd place, 2007
  • Two-time ORC Spanish Champion
Date Class Regatta Result
Mar 22, 2015 Optimist USODA Gulf Coast Championship 2, 4
Sep 28, 2014 Optimist Pacific Coast Championship 1, 2
Sep 21, 2014 Optimist British Virgin Islands Back-to-School Regatta 1
Jul 18, 2014 Optimist Texas Youth Race Week 1, 2, 4
Jul 15, 2014 Optimist Texas Youth Race Week 1, 2, 4 Overall
Jul 15, 2014 Optimist Texas Youth Race Week Red Fleet 1; Blue Fleet 1, 2; Red Fleet 2
Jul 1, 2014 Optimist North Americans 1 NAs 2 and 9 Overall
Jun 22, 2014 Optimist St. Thomas International Regatta 3, 4
Jun 22, 2014 Optimist International Optimist Regatta 3, 4
Jun 20, 2014 Optimist St. Thomas International Opti Regatta 3, 4, 9