2011年7月14日木曜日

Q Sails Win J/80 Worlds and Other J Boat News

Quantum® Sails Claim J/80 World Championship... Again!

For the fifth consecutive year, Quantum® sails won the J/80 World Championship. Congratulations to Ignacio Camino from Spain on a great regatta, finishing ten points in the lead. One of the key factors in Ignacio’s win was the evolutionary change made to the class jib. Seeking to improve light-to-medium wind performance, Quantum® sail designers Fernando Sallent (Spain) and Kerry Klingler (USA) redesigned the jib to be a little fuller up high and slightly more open in the upper leech. In the fleet of 67 boats, Quantum® sails had several more strong finishes including 4th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th and 20th.  These results included the top German and Danish boats. The regatta was hosted by the Royal Danish Yacht Club and Dragør Sejlklub in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Ignacio Camino, 2011 J/80 World Champion

One, Two, Three in the J/24 Class at Newport Regatta

Team 11th Hour Racing won the J/24 class at the 2011 Newport Regatta hosted by Sail Newport on July 9-10. The team consisted of skipper John Mollicone, Quantum Newport’s Tim Healy, Geoff Becker, Dan Rabin, and Todd McGuire. The J/24 fleet was one of the largest classes at the event with some very good teams making the trip to compete in the great ocean conditions that Newport has to offer. Five races were sailed, mostly in light-to-moderate sea breezes with some steep waves. 11th Hour Racing finished with a 1-4-1-1-1 for eight points and had great boat speed and teamwork. Chris Jankowski finished second with 13 points and Dave Marshall was third. All three boats used Quantum® Sails.

J/24 11th Hour Racing - Photo by Tim Wilkes

Q™ Sails Lead the J/109 Class at Block Island

For the second year in a row, Bill Sweetser, owner of Rush, won the J/109 East Coast Championship and earned a Rolex award for the best performance in the Blue and White Fleets. Also turning in great peformances at Block Island Race Week were several other teams sailing with Quantum® sails. Congratulations to all!

Quantum® Results from Block Island Race Week

1. Rush, Bill Sweetser

3. Storm, Rick Lyall

4. Loki, David Rosow

6. Instant Karma, David Betts

11. Nordlys, Bob Schwartz

J/109 Storm - Photo by Catherine Marsallo

Block Island Race Week: Loki, Instant Karma and Storm - Photo by Catherine Marsallo

Quantum® J/111 Sails: Designed for Performance

Quantum’s new J/111 sails were developed with a single goal: to develop leading-edge sails offering the best performance. Quantum® sail designers Kerry Klingler and Doug Stewart collaborated on the designs using iQ Technology® to define the sail geometry and complete the aerodynamic and structural analyses.

The J/111 class rules specify two jibs plus one #4 heavy-weather jib to be set on a roller furler. This arrangement, plus the need for fast headsail changes, led to the use of roller battens. When the sail comes down, the battens easily fold into a genoa turtle without having to be removed. They also support the leech better than vertical battens.

The asymmetrical spinnakers are based on our very successful and state-of-the-art designs for the Megles 32 class. The sails were sized to J/111 class rules and adjusted to fit the geometry of the J/111 rig, the aspect ratio and boat speed differences. In testing, the J/111 R2 and R3 asymmetricals were fast and easy to trim.

The mainsail was designed for versatility and provides great performance in a wide range of conditions. On-the-water-testing led to a couple small adjustments resulting in an ideal sail shape.

Quantum’s new J/111 sails were evaluated with side-by-side and race testing, the results of which can be found in our tuning worksheet available for download here.  Look for Quantum’s new J/111 sails on the water. They are super sails—well-shaped with an excellent fit and great performance!

J/111 Sail Testing in Newport with Wicked 2.0 and Andiamo.

Quantum® Sails Lead J/22 Southwest Circuit

After five regattas, seven of the top ten teams in the J/22 Southwest Circuit are sailing with Quantum’s 2010 J/22 World Championship sails. The Circuit will resume in September at the Austin Yacht Club. Congratulations to the following Quantum® customers at the top of the leader board.

1. Rich Skank, Brant Koepke

2. Fastlane, Max Scott

4. Snow Day, Theo McDonald

5. Delicious Tamale, Charles Shade

7. Shredder, Keith Zars

8. Out Of Sight, Casey Lambert

10. E3, Scott Greenawalt