Randy Shore grew up sailing. His parents – both championship sailors – introduced him to the water at an early age, but it wasn’t until high school that he decided to devote his time and energy to sailing. With the help of several amazing teachers, including Quantum’s Terry Hutchinson, Randy became a championship sailor himself, eventually becoming a member of the only team to win three consecutive U.S. match racing championships.
Randy also grew up around sail lofts, working at Shore Sails, his dad’s loft. Midway through college, Randy was running the production floor when he realized he wanted to go into management. He left Shore Sails to study and learn business outside the industry before returning to sailmaking in 2005. “Three things got me back into sailmaking,” said Randy. “Having my father’s business to build on, wanting to own and run my own business, and having an extensive background in sailing and sailmaking.”
As part of Quantum Sails, Randy and the team at Quantum Newport have access to all of Quantum’s resources and expertise, but Randy said it’s working with customers and helping them improve that he enjoys the most about his job. “I tend to be more of a coach than a competitor,” he said. “When I walk away from sailing with customers, my measure of success is the knowledge that they have gained and the foundation we have built – as well as how much fun they had – rather than just the score on the results sheet. I take great pleasure in helping my customers meet their next challenge.”
Growing up doing bow, navigation, and pit on J/24, J/29, J/35, J/44, and Farr 40 boats, Randy now spends more time trimming and as tactician on bigger boats, but his preference is sailing one design boats. If you can’t find Randy working, sailing, or spending time with his family, look for him at a local Ska show!