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With Spring nearly upon us, many owners are planning for the season, sorting the bits needing to be sorted, winding up the crew, and planning the events that they will be doing.

2022 will be a big year with both the Round Ireland Race and the Cork Week Tricentenary Regatta being the likely two highlights.

However, Wave Regatta in early June, Bangor Town Regatta in later June, Calves week in August are also all big events.

So why should you buy some new sails and order them now?

Here are five great reasons to order your Quantum race and cruising sails soon.

1. We are coming close to the busiest time of the year for the production of sails, and delivery times, normally 8 weeks extends to 10/12 weeks in April and May. Now is the time to order to guarantee your sails for the start of the season.

2. Join the sailmaker that is expanding its business hugely, with new Quantum race sails ordered for a new Cape 31, a J122e, Two J 109’s, A Sunfast 3600, a J122, a Grand Soleil 44 (Samatom), a Grand Soleil 37, a top Half Tonner and many others. Join the new wave in Ireland - Quantum Sails.

3. Pricing levels on sails are increasing monthly, as are pricing levels on other products that rely on Delivery chains and high tech materials. Guarantee your Pricing by ordering now.

In the Galway Quantum Loft a J122 Fusion M7 J1 Headsail is inspected before heading off to the new owner of the J/122 Kaya in CorkIn the Galway Quantum Loft a J122 Fusion M7 J1 Headsail is inspected before heading off to the new owner of the J/122 Kaya in Cork

4. Utilise the expertise of Olympian Mark Mansfield for setting up your rig and sails, and also top offshore sailor, Yannick Lemonnier, for assistance with your cruising and offshore racing inventories.

5. Quantum Sails Ireland have a full-size Loft in Galway to provide service, adjustments, sail measuring and other requirements that might be needed, for boats up to 50-foot. See if other sailmakers in Ireland can provide this. Many can't.

 

Join the new Wave—Get a quote from Quantum Sails Ireland. Contact details below.

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Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails Ireland gives some suggestions for improving both racing and cruising sails that are no longer performing as well as expected. With a full-size loft in Galway, we have the space and the expertise to achieve these improvements.

SAIL PERFORMANCE IS SHAPE-DEPENDENT

Sail shape and minimizing stretch are two key variables in delivering optimum upwind performance and reducing heel and weather helm. Shape and stretch also extend a sail's wind range before a sail change is required or reefing or furling become necessary. They also have a significant impact on the functionality of sail handling systems.

Dacron® sails - even those made with the highest quality sailcloth - are most vulnerable to stretch. Membrane sails are more stretch resistant, which improves long-term shape retention. In both cases, however, shape changes will occur over time, affecting sail performance.

The condition of the sailcloth is key; it must not be too worn and stretchy, or the adjustments will not produce the desired results. With good fabric, reshaping can generally be done once or twice during the life of the sail.

Quantum's Precision Recuts give new life to an older cruising or racing sail by restoring the sail up to about 90% of its original shape. Reshaping techniques can be applied to both Dacron® and membrane sails to yield a sail that will allow you to point higher, sail faster, and is easier to trim.

With Quantum's Precision Recuts, club and weekend racers can enjoy the same performance benefits and competitive advantage of top teams like Quantum Racing. Sailmakers work behind the scenes for top-level race programs that continuously tweak and recut sails to maximize boat speed and sail performance while working within sail limitations. 

Following are three of the most common ways to help increase performance and enjoyment for racing and cruising sails.


BROAD SEAM RESHAPE

PROBLEM: DEEP DRAFT. FULL SAIL. CAN'T POINT VERY HIGH

The sail depth becomes fuller and more rounded. The draft moves aft. You're no longer able to point as high as when the sail was new. The boat becomes harder to steer, heels more and responsiveness is slowed. For racing boats, the inability to hold a lane or position close to other boats can really destroy a tactical game plan.

SOLUTION: SEAM RESHAPE

Seams are reshaped and extra fabric is removed. This procedure flattens the sail and helps return the draft to its original and optimal location. Generally, three to five seams are remade to achieve desired shape.

RESULT: FASTER SAIL. POINTS HIGHER!

With the flatter sail you can now point higher than before! Your sail is flatter, faster and more efficient. Your boat sails more upright and is far more responsive.


BROAD SEAM RESHAPE

LUFF CURVE RESHAPE

PROBLEM: REDUCED ENTRY. SAIL IS HARD TO STEER

As sails age, their entry is reduced due to a variety of factors. Stretch, as well as over-tensioning the halyard can reduce entry. Reduced entry will make the sail harder to trim, less efficient and make steering more difficult (and less fun!)

SOLUTION: LUFF CURVE CHANGE
Luff curve can be restored to help return the sail to its original entry shape. Sometimes a luff curve change is made to remove entry and flatten the sail.

RESULT: FASTER, EASIER TO STEER SAILS.

Returning entry gives you a bigger range to steer inside of that is still ultra-fast. Steering will be easier and you'll be able to go faster.


LUFF CURVE RESHAPE

LEECH TAKEUP

PROBLEM: LEECH FALLS AWAY. SAIL ISN'T DELIVERING POWER

On cruising Dacron® mainsails and genoas, the leech can stretch and fall away, making the sail more difficult to trim and reducing boat speed. This is especially prevalent on larger cruising mainsails and mainsails with large roaches. Leech stretch can also hamper the use of furling systems.

SOLUTION: LEECH TAKEUP

By removing extra fabric at a seam or elsewhere on the sail, the leech can be shortened and straightened to its original dimensions and shape.

RESULT: SMOOTH LEECH WITH PROPER POWER AND EXIT. MORE POWERFUL SAIL.

By bringing the leech back to its in-line design shape, the sail is once a gain a proper foil and will deliver efficient power.


LEECH TAKEUP

NEW SAIL PERFORMANCE AT A FRACTION OF THE COST

Older sails in good condition can be reshaped to return the sail to peak performance at a cost far less than the price of a new sail. Generally speaking, a recut will cost less than 20% of the cost of a new sail. Speak with your local Quantum sail consultant for more detailed pricing.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY SAIL IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR RESHAPING?
If you are experiencing any of the problems noted above, contact Quantum Sails and we will happily perform a sail shape analysis and provide you with the results and an estimate at no charge.
The analysis requires an on-the-boat photo of the flying sail. You can do this yourself following the tips below. Submit the image to a Quantum sail consultant and ask for a sail shape analysis. We'll digitize the image, measure the shape, determine which techniques are required to address problem areas and provide you with a detailed recut solution that's perfect for you.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Sometimes a new sail is not the answer. A Precision Recut can help you extend the lifespan of your sail and maximize the return on your investment. Our knowledgeable sail consultants and service technicians are available to help you find the best solution for your boat. Contact Mark Mansfield or Yannick Lemonnier at Quantum sails Ireland for advice.


WE HAVE BEEN USING QUANTUM SAILS SERVICE FOR MANY YEARS TO MAKE SURE OUR FLEET IS MAINTAINED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD. OVER THE YEARS, THEY HAVE PERFORMED PRECISION RECUTS ON ALL OF THE IN-MAST FURLING MAINSAILS IN THE FLEET. THE SAILS ARE EASIER TO FURL AND OUR CUSTOMERS ARE PLEASED WITH THE INCREASED PERFORMANCE. WE ARE HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS THAT WE CONSISTENTLY RECEIVE FROM QUANTUM.
—Erin Houpt, Dream Yacht Charter

QUANTUM SAILS HAS BEEN WORKING WITH MY TEAM AND MY SAILING INVENTORY FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. THROUGH ACCESS TO THEIR TOP DESIGNERS AND SAILMAKERS, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO CONTINUALLY ADJUST AND REFINE SAIL SHAPE THROUGH RECUTS TO KEEP MY SAILS AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. I CERTAINLY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AS SUCCESSFUL ON THE RACE COURSE IF NOT FOR THEIR COMMITMENT AND EXPERTISE.
—Dan Cheresh, C&C 30 Extreme 2

TIPS FOR TAKING PHOTOS OF YOUR SAIL FOR RECUT ASSESSMENT

  1. The sail must be full, on a close-hauled course, trimmed correctly.
  2. Photos should be taken from the mid-foot of the sail with the lens aimed at the head if the sail.
  3. Rotate the camera to capture the full length of the lowest draft stripe.
  4. Take a variety of photos from his location, as well as photos of any specific problem area of the sail.
  5. Where practical, take a few photos from the stern of the yacht, with the lens pointed forward toward the bow, and up toward the head of each sail.
  6. It is very important to note the conditions when the photographs were taken: time, date, wind speed, point of sail, halyard and sheet tensions, control line settings, backstay pressure, sea state - anything and everything related to the sailing conditions at the time of photography.
  7. We recommend keeping a digital photograph library of your sails across their lifespan. This data will help you become more adept at understanding sail shape, and will assist your sailmaker in their evaluation and recommendation for recut.

NEW SAIL

It's a good practice to photograph your sails when they are new. In a few years, the photos will serve as a valuable reference when evaluating sail shape for a recut. This is a new Melges 32 sail. The same process and procedures for recuts apply to both racing and cruising sails.

AFTER RECUT

This photo of the same Melges 32 sail was taken a year later following a recut. This image illustrates the output of the sail scan process, which digitizes the sail shape and provides measurement data for the recut. From this "after" image, the designer can evaluate the effect of the recut and verify results.

PHOTO QUESTIONS?

Call Quantum Sails Ireland below for more information.

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In the past, PR and advertising might lead you to think that there was only one sailmaker to go to if you want to do well in cruiser racing and big boat one-design fleets. However, the results worldwide, particularly in the last season, are showing that is not the case, according to Quantum Sails Ireland's Mark Mansfield.

The majority of the top big boat one-design and near one-design fleets (like the TP 52) now have Quantum winners and podium results in their big events, such as world championships. Take the recently concluded RC 44 Class series. The final event, just finished last weekend in Lanzarote was won by Team Aleph racing. The overall ranking through the whole season has Team Aqua winning with Team Aleph racing in third. The World Championship was won by Team Aqua. Both Boats used all Quantum sails.

Team Aqua and Team AlephTeam Aqua and Team Aleph

And if you think this was a one-off, consider the following results in likely most of the major big boat one-design and near one-design classes.

  • Maxi — Mini Maxi World Champion 2021-Cannonball—All Quantum Sails
  • TP 52 Class — 2nd and 3rd (Platoon and Quantum racing) in the TP 52 Series overall—All Quantum Sails
  • RC 44 Class — 1st and 3rd in RC 44 season series overall (Team Aqua and Team Aleph), and 1st in World Championships 2021—All Quantum Sails
  • Club swan 50 —1st overall at Swan 50 Worlds—Hatari
  • Club Swan 36 — 1st overall at Swan 36 worlds.—G Spot. Quantum jib only. All other sails by another sailmaker.
  • Melges 32 —1st, 2nd and 3rd at World Championships 2021

Hatari —Club Swan 50

There is a new wave and it is called Quantum Sails.

Watch out for the Green Q badge on big boats in Ireland in 2022. There will be quite a few. And if that is not a good enough reason to consider getting a sail quote for your cruiser, then also consider the following,

  • Check the pricing, and see the difference for a similar product
  • Quantum has a full-size loft in Galway for servicing and modifications/ alterations where sails on yachts up to 45 feet can be fully laid out.

Ask for a quotation today for your racing or cruising sails, and get some good advice along with it. Contact Mark Mansfield at [email protected] or at 087 250 6838. 

Correction (25/11/21): This article was updated to correctly state the sail wardrobe on the Swan 36 Worlds winner, G-Spot was by another sailmaker except for one Quantum jib.

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The RC44 class World Championship has just finished last weekend at Scarlino, Italy, and like the TP52 Class, it was won by a boat using Quantum Fusion upwind sails and spinnakers.

A last-minute manoeuvre by Nico Poons’ Charisma won them the final race of the 44Cup Scarlino World Championship by a mere second, but it was the defending champions on Chris Bake’s Team Aqua that defended their title in this 11th RC44 World Championship by one slender point.

Like a final curtain call to this World Championship, as well as a reminder of how close the racing always is between the high-performance owner-driver one designs, the top eight RC44s all crossed the finish line for the final time within just 20 seconds after 40 minutes of racing.

If you would like to avail of the designers and technology for your yacht in Ireland, that leads the RC44 Class and TP52 class, contact Quantums Mark Mansfield at [email protected] or at 00 353 87 2506838

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The TP52 class is regarded as one of the most competitive classes globally, and the circuit of events, called the '52 Super Series', has just finished its second regatta. Sailmakers, yacht designers, and other marine companies highlight their top-level products to the world in this class that is crammed full of Professionals, Olympic medallists, and America's Cup teams.

After two regattas sailed, there is one common denominator for the two teams coming first and second overall in the 52 Superseries. Both first overall, Platoon, from Germany and second overall, Quantum Racing, from the USA, use upwind and downwind sails from Quantum Sailmakers.

These are the only two yachts in the fleet using Quantum Sails.

Both yachts use Quantum Fusion M Membrane sails and Spinnakers.

52 Super Series52 Super Series results

The most recent event finished a week ago in Menorca. One final regatta remains. The World Championships, again in Menorca, in November, will determine the overall winner for 2021.

If you wish to avail of the design and technological advances that Quantum Sailmakers are bringing forward through this class and others, contact your local Irish Quantum sails agent, Mark Mansfield, at [email protected] or 087 250 6838.

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Mark Mansfield of Quantum Sails Ireland highlights that their Winter discount period, where additional discounts of up to 10% are available, will be coming to an end in the next few weeks.

Mark comments “ We have had a great response to this promotion, with orders coming in from both race boats and cruisers, from owners in Northern Ireland and in the South. In particular, our Contender CDX laminated Cruiser/racer product has proved very popular with owners using it for both club racing and cruising. It is strong, long-lasting and low stretch, and is also competitively priced”.

J/99

Mark was racing as a Tactician Aboard Frank Whelan's J122, Kaya, at the ICRA Nationals recently where Kaya won her Class Zero with straight wins and took the overall event prize. At that event, they used their new Quantum A3 Spinnaker to great effect, built from Contender Superkote 90.

“It is just two years since Quantum restarted operations in Ireland and we have made great strides all over the country with turnover and sales increasing each year, despite the Covid Pandemic,” comments Mark.

“Unlike many others selling sails in Ireland, we have a full-size operational loft in Galway for all needs, including servicing, and alterations. Yannick Lemonnier is a fully trained sailmaker with great experience, including a number of Figaro Campaigns and will be competing in the Mini Transat this year.

Most new sails when they arrive are laid out and inspected at the Galway loft to ensure the customer receives what he is expecting”.

For New sail enquiries for the 2022 season, contact Mark Mansfield at,[email protected] or at 087 2506 838

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Mark Mansfield, Agent for Quantum Sails in Ireland, provides some thoughts on setting up your yacht to make it more competitive offshore and on longer coastal races.

Having competed in the Recent Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race (finished third overall) and was tactician on the New Grand Soleil 44, Samatom, when she won the Coastal Class at the Sovereigns Cup, here are some thoughts that came to me about areas that are important on both offshore and coastal disciplines.

Tip 1: BOTTOM FINISH

Like any racing yacht, the bottom finish is equally important, inshore, offshore and on coastal racing.

On both the D2D Race and Sovereigns Cup, I persuaded the owners to haul the boat before each race and get it wet sanded while in the slings. In both cases, the bottom finish was not great, and wet sanding improved it significantly. Boatyards will normally apply antifoul with a large roller to get it done quickly, leaving a significant orange peel finish. A smaller quality roller will apply it a lot better, but really, to get a good finish, it is better to spray on a few coats, and even then, light sand afterwards is needed. Having a top-class racing finish on the bottom needs to be considered a must if you want to get on the podium.

TIP 2: SAIL SELECTION

Ensure you know exactly when sails need to be changed. Upwind it is fairly straightforward. Most race boats will hold a J1 to about 12 knots, then a J2 to 18 or so, a J3 then to about 25 knots, then a J4 and perhaps a reef after.

However, downwind is where it gets trickier and where most time is lost. When you buy new sails, you will often get a sail selection chart from your sailmaker, overlapping colourful Venn diagrams, showing which spinnaker should be up in various winds. This information is usually input into performance software such as Expedition and Adrina. The system should tell you which downwind sail to have up at what angle and wind strength.

Very often, though, these sailmakers sail selection charts are not specific for your style of yacht and are only an average. Also, they assume you have a vast array of spinnakers, whereas you might only have 3. So the sail selection chart might say an A5 is the sail to use, but you may not have one of these.

Sail selection crossover chartSail selection crossover chart

The best downwind Sail selection Chart is one you make up yourself with your own sails. It will take time and a bit of organisation. If you go out with enough crew to fly spinnakers on a particular day, say in 12 knots of wind, try each of your spinnakers and compare speeds and angles and ability to sail without broaching. So, most offshore boats have a Code 0, a reaching spinnaker and at least one all-around running/broad reaching max size spinnaker. It is when you go tight, you need to compare the three spinnakers. Test each one to the highest level it will go, then 10 degrees lower, then 10 degrees lower again. In that 12 knot wind, you will then learn which spinnaker is fastest in each wind strength at specific angles.

Then do this in 10 knots, in 14 knots, 16 knots and so on. Yes, this will take a lot of time, but it is well worth doing. How often, offshore and on long coastal races do you have the dilemma of whether you have the correct spinnaker up. In particular offshore, during the night or when the crew are tired, a reliable chart is required to answer that question.

On coastal races, when you are going from one downwind leg onto another, if you have a good sail selection chart made out, it is easy to know what spinnaker will be needed on the net leg. Putting up the wrong spinnaker, and going slow, then needing to change it can cost a lot of time.

TIP 3: ALWAYS BE PREPPING FOR THE NEXT LEG

It is often easy to concentrate on the leg you are on and then, coming to the next mark, make a call on the sail you need. However, often a small wind change or wind strength change can utterly change the decisions. If there are two options, always be prepared for both.

This year, at Sovereigns Cup week, we decided to set up a code 0 to launch before we rounded the last leg of the last race. Even though we decided to go with an outboard sheeted J2 on the last leg, it likely won the regatta for us. We initially went with the outboard J3, but the wind freed and lightened a little within about 10 minutes, and we were able to get the code 0 flying very quickly because we had it all set up. Two other boats near us on time, we later learned, took some time to get their code Zeros flying and lost time. We just beat these boats by seconds, and that won us the regatta overall.

TIP 4: HAVE THE DOWNWIND SAILS YOU NEED

As someone selling sails, you may think it is obvious that I would say this. However, it is amazing how many boats that race regularly offshore, and Coastal races do not have the basic downwind sails that are regularly needed - and these are,

Code 0 - This would be used both in light airs for tight reaching and doubles as a small Asymmetric spinnaker for blast reaching in strong winds, particularly with the advent of Cableless Code 0's, which are more adaptable.  A code 0 is normally about 70% the size of your biggest spinnaker and would have a lightweight laminate cloth.

XC code 0 diagramXC code 0 diagram

Reaching Asymmetric spinnaker (preferably on a sprit) — sometimes called an A3. Normally this sail would be sized in between the Code 0 size and the biggest spinnaker, so maybe 85% the max size. It would be a Nylon sail and fuller and more powerful than a Code 0.

Full-sized running spinnaker. If you are all Asymmetric, then it would be called an A2. If your boat uses a pole (symmetric), then it would be called an S2. This is the biggest spinnaker so it will be used the most.

An A2 sail set on a J/109An A2 sail set on a J/109

Bigger boats will have more spinnakers than the above, Maybe an A4 for heavy air running, perhaps an A5 for power reaching, perhaps even an A1 for very light air reaching; however, the Code 0, Reaching A sail, and Full-sized runner are the must-haves.

TIP 5: ENSURE YOU HAVE PROPER PAD EYES ON THE GUNWALES TO SHEET ALL THE ABOVE DOWNWIND SAILS

In particular, for outboard sheeting, a headsail, a pad-eye for an outboard sheet in the correct position is very important. Usually, it would be just forward and outboard of the upwind position.

A code 0 will need an adjustable Tweaker, and the position of this is very important. When tight reaching in light airs, the tweaker will be tightened to ensure power is not lost from the leech. Effectively you are trying, as best you can, to turn this flat spinnaker (code 0) into a very big headsail. Your sailmaker should be able to assist you in the positioning of all these pad-eyes.

Offshore and coastal racing is becoming more popular both in Ireland and elsewhere. At Quantum sails Ireland we have both myself and Yannick Lemonnier, who has a very strong offshore history, to assist on sail selection and other matters to make your racing more enjoyable and more successful.

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What better way to get excited for what 2021 has in store by taking a look back at our favourite articles from 2020.

The top five articles from Quantum Sails sites are listed below. They cover a range of useful topics including solo sailing, with our own Yannick Lemonnier from Quantum Sails Ireland.

Other articles cover sail recuts, custom graphics, family sailing and Code 0 use.

For all your sail needs for 2021, be sure to contact us for some advice or a quote. Contact details below for Mark Mansfield and Yannick Lemonnier from Quantum Sails Ireland

1. SOLO SAILING

Short-handed sailing played a big role in many adventures this year, from cruising with a partner to racing single-handed around the world. Quantum's Yannick Lemonnier shares his expertise, tips, and tricks. Getting started with your short-handed sailing here.

2. RECUTS

Are you having a hard time pointing? Overpowered due to stretched or bagged out sails? Precision recuts extend the life of your sails, and now is the perfect time to learn about the process or schedule service.
What You Need to Know About Recuts here

3. CUSTOM GRAPHICS

Make a statement in 2021! Custom sail graphics can be applied to any new or old, upwind or downwind sail, no matter if they're Dacron, nylon, or Quantum Fusion M. Check out the article below to learn how simple the process is and for some inspiration when creating your own design! Custom Sail Graphics are Easier & Cheaper than you think here

4. FAMILY SAILING

Now is the perfect time to plan your 2021 adventures. Here are some reminders to help keep it fun and create lasting memories while sailing with your family. Sailing as a Family here

5. CODE ZERO

Code Zeros are all the rave, and for good reason. They're easy to control, extremely useful, practical, and available for both racers and cruisers. Quantum's Dave Flynn gives insight and details why these sails should be part of your sail plan. Code Zero: Light-Air, Close-Reaching Powerhouse Sail here 

For further information contact:

Mark Mansfield [email protected] ph 00 353 87 250 6838
Yannick Lemonnier [email protected] Ph 00 353 87 628 9854

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Mark Mansfield, Quantum Sails agent Ireland reports that with Covid-19 numbers reducing, there is additional confidence that some of the early and mid-summer regattas may go ahead.

Events like Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, commencing the 9th of June and the Sovereigns Cup on the 23rd of June could still make the Covid-19 cut.

However, this is also the busiest time for sail manufacturing so spinnaker orders could still make Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race (just), whereas main and headsail orders will likely be delivered later and can still make July's Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

Our Top Level Fusion Membrane sail delivery is now the end of June for sails ordered now.

J/99 going upwind with Quantum Fusion Membrane sailsJ/99 going upwind with Quantum Fusion Membrane sails Photo: Quantum Sails

Cruising sails orders have been busy all season and our Contender CDX laminated Option for Radial Upwind sails is the most popular choice for our Clients. A bit more expensive than Dacron, but it will hold a good shape for a lot longer.

Delivery for sails such as these are now out to the end of June for Delivery, so still in time for Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

For further information or enquiries, please contact Mark Mansfield—Quantum sails Ireland Agent at Ph—087 250 6838 E mail—[email protected]

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Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails Ireland announces that a new 10% Spring discount is now available on Quantum sails ordered up to the 15th of April. Also with the VAT rate scheduled to revert back to the original 23% on the 28th of Feb, Boat owners have an opportunity to purchase sails at the 21% VAT rate until that 28th Feb date. After that, unfortunately, unless the Government extends the VAT reduction, sails will be sold at the 23% rate.

Delivery dates on new sails are now ten weeks approximately from order due to the very high demand this year, so a sail ordered at the end of February will not arrive till mid-May. If owners are looking for new sails for their racing or cruising boats, now is the perfect time to order.

Cruising sailors

For cruising boat owners, our Contender CDX sails are proving very popular for owners looking for a laminate long-lasting option that will hold its shape better than Dacron and not cost the earth. A step above that then is our Fusion M6 Membrane which is a Carbon Aramid material and we have just received in a 42 footer Main and Headsail in the loft for an owner who both races and cruises.

CDX mainsail for a 40-footer being examined in the Quantum loft in Galway. A laminate sail in a lovely Grey colour (white also available).CDX mainsail for a 40-footer being examined in the Quantum loft in Galway. A laminate sail in a lovely Grey colour (white also available).

Fusion M6 Mainsail for a 42 footer being checked over in our Galway loft. Carbon Aramid sail suitable for Both Racing and CruisingFusion M6 Mainsail for a 42 footer being checked over in our Galway loft. Carbon Aramid sail suitable for Both Racing and Cruising 

Racing sailors

For the racing sailor, our Fusion Carbon M5 sails for boats up to 40 foot are proving popular. Above that size the higher-spec Fusion M7 carbon sails are the material of choice. Both options are Top-end sails and are priced very competitively.

A Fusion M5 mainsail on the Half Tonner, Miss WhiplashA Fusion M5 mainsail on the Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash

A Fusion M5 Headsail on First 35 being sail trialled in DublinA Fusion M5 Headsail on First 35 being sail trialled in Dublin

Downwind sails

We have just delivered 2 Asymmetric spinnakers to a top J109 owner in Dublin and these will be sail trialled shortly when Covid restrictions allow. The sails in Superkote material are designed in the same Mould as the winning sails in the last 5 years US J109 Nationals.

Code 0's are now a must-have for racing owners, particularly those doing coastal and offshore racing. However, the cruising fraternity have now become volume Code, 0 buyers, as the ease of launching and retrieving is a big advantage. The code 0 would be rolled on a furler and launched and retrieved without fuss. The latest Cableless range also allows the halyard to be eased when broad reaching allowing the sail to become deeper. This gives the cruising sailor a better range of options and some even dispensing with conventional spinnakers.

Code Zero with StaysailCode Zero with Staysail

Flying Jibs

Recent IRC changes still allow a Flying Jib to be flown from a bowsprit as long as the Flying Jib is the same size as the boats normal Jib. This does not affect the rating. We have just received our first order for such a sail and will be trialling it shortly. A flying Jib is very suitable when there is too much wind for a code 0 when reaching. This flying jib can be set with another Jib inside it or a Staysail and can be a race winner if the right condition presents itself.

Contact Quantum sails agent Mark Mansfield to discuss any sail requirement you may have. Phone 00 353 87 2506838 or [email protected]

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