Matt Pearce Quantum Sails Australia
Matt is working very close with the J24 class this season and beyond to ensure the ever growing numbers returning to this great one design class. This includes communicating with Quantum’s One Design department globally to ensure that Quantum’s Australian customers are confident they’re getting the best value for money, the latest designs and the support locally that is needed. Matt is actively involved in the Class and happy to discuss any development and boat tuning you require.
If you want to take advantage and get yourself some boat speed, call Matt now at Quantum Sails.
Retail pricing including GST
- Main – $1998
- Genoa – $2720
- Jib – $1880
- Spin – $1970
Matthew Pearce, a Sydney-to-Hobart racing veteran, started sailing at just eight years of age in Sydney, Australia. With more than 40 years of involvement in the yachting industry, he not only has the skill and passion for sailing, he is also a qualified sailmaker with more 30 years of experience.
Throughout his career he has worked in numerous America’s Cup challenges, won 18-foot skiff championships against some of the best sailors in the world, and has competed in 20 Sydney-to-Hobart races, his first being in 1991.
Matthew has been part of the Quantum Sail’s family for the past six years, first in Europe and now very happily in his new role as State Sales Manager of NSW in Sydney, Australia.
- 2016 Driver/Tactician, Antipodes 72,Darwin-Ambon (new race record),1st Place, 1st IRC, 1st ORIC
- 2015 Pit Boss/Trimmer, Ragamuffin100, Sydney-to-Hobart, 2nd place
- 2015 Pit Boss/Trimmer, Ragamuffin100, Transpacific (L.A.–Hawaii), 2nd place
- 2015 Pit Boss/Trimmer, Ragamuffin90, Subic Bay-Boracay (new race record), 1st p
- 2014 Bow, Ragamuffin100, Sydney-to-Hobart, 3rd place
- 2014 Bow, Ragamuffin90, Okinawa-to-Tokai (new race record), 1st place
- 2013 Bow, Ragamuffin90, Hong Kong-Vietnam (new race record), 1st place
- 2013 Bow/Trimmer, Ragamuffin100, Transpacific (L.A.–Hawaii), 1st place
- 2013 Bow/Driver, Antipodes 72, Hong Kong-San Fernando, 1st place, 1st PHS, 1st IRC
- 2013 Bow/Trimmer, Antipodes 72, Subic Bay-Boracay, 1st place
- 2013 Trim/Watch Captain, Ragamuffin52, Sydney-Coffs Harbour, 1st ORCi, 1st PHS, 1st IRC
- 2012 Bow, Ragamuffin100, Sydney-to-Hobart, 2nd place
- 2012 Driver/Trim/Watch Captain, Electra Lift 60, Sydney-Coffs Harbour, 1st place, 1st PHS
- 2011 Driver/Trim/Watch Captain, Skandia Wild Thing, Sydney-to-Hobart (retired sail damage) in 2nd place
- 2010 Helm/Trim, Shogun, Sydney–Southport, 3rd place IRC
- 2010 Crew, Wild Oats X, IRC Hamilton Island race week, 3rd place
- 2010 Bow, I-Sea, Farr 100 Loro Piana super yacht regatta, Sardinia, 1st place
- 2010 Crew, Wild Oats X, Sydney-Southport, 2nd line honors & 2nd place IRC
- 2010 Tactician, Scarlet Runner, IRC Dockland Invitational Melbourne,1st place
- 2009 Driver/Crew Boss/Watch Captain, Shockwave V, Sydney-to-Southport, 3rd overall
- 2008 Watch Captain/Primary Trimmer, Skandia Wild Thing, Sydney-to-Hobart, 2nd on line honors
- 2007 Helmsman/Boat Captain/Watch Captain, DHL, Sydney-to-Hobart, 1st in class (three Volvo 60’s) 3rd on PHS
- 2007 Bow/Trimmer, Ichi Ban, Sydney-to-Southport 3rd place
- 2006 Primary Trimmer, Skandia, Sydney-to-Hobart, 3rd place
- 2006 Driver/Trimmer, Beneteau 44.7, Dubai-to-Muscat Yacht Race, 1st place, 1st IRC
- 2006 Primary Trimmer, Wild Thing, Sydney/Mooloolaba/McKay race, 1st place
- 2005 Mid Bow, Estate Master, Australian Titles, 1st place
- 2005 Mid Bow, Estate Master, Internationals, 2nd place
- 2004 Bow, Computer Associates, World Championships, 5th place
- 2001 Bow, Club Marine, Australian and State Championships, 1st place
- 2001 Bow, Magic 25, Australasian Championships, 1st place
- 2000 Bow, Club Marine, Grand Prix Series, 1st place
- 2000 Bow, Magic 25, Australasian Championships, 2nd place
- 1999 Bow, Magic 25, Australasian Championships, 1st place
- 1998 Trimmer, Nokia, Sydney-to-Hobart, 5th place
- 1988 Bow, Cherub World Championships, 6th place
Winning the J/24 European Championship
August 26, 2016
The 37-boat J/24 fleet enjoyed a variety of conditions at the European Championship at the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth, England. The fleet managed twelve races from Aug. 13-19, and in the end it was Andy Taylor’s Quantum-powered Phoenix who won by eleven points. The all-amateur crew credits their quick learning and instruction from Quantum’s Travis Odenbach as the keys to their success.
Helmsman Andy Taylor said the crew has several years of experience, but they’ve all taken time off for family and other commitments. This year, however, they committed themselves to competing. “We decided that this year we would put a team together to commit to sailing together for a couple of years and developing our boat speed and racing nous,” he said. “The guys we have on our crew are all very keen to learn and are quick to overcome small adversities, meaning we’re able to keep moving rather than compounding mistakes.”
To help them learn as much as they could, Taylor turned to Odenbach for advice. “Having struck up a good rapport with Travis at Worlds in Boltenhagen in 2015, we saw an opportunity to sail with him at Kiel and polish our approach to racing an international regatta,” said Taylor. “Travis showed us that these boats need everyone to contribute, and – while mistakes can be made – you need to keep pushing hard and get the next decision right.”
That advice became Phoenix‘s greatest strength. While other teams carried scoring penalties or mid-pack results, Taylor’s team maintained consistent boat speed and confidence with their Quantum sails. They remembered the tips they’d learned to help them maintain their advantage over the fleet.
“When we sailed with Travis in Kiel, we learned the importance of synchronizing the genoa and main trim to keep the boat moving and on her feet,” said Taylor. “That was really important in Plymouth as the large tidal stream across the course created choppy seas that needed drive to get through. The Quantum genoa was especially quick for us in the light winds.”
Phoenix sailed consistently throughout the event, only finishing out of the top ten once and ending with six top-five finishes. Their 60-point total was eleven points lower than their closest competitor and put them at the top of the podium.
The win has inspired Taylor and his team, who are already making plans for the next two years. “Along with attending UK events, we intent to travel to the German nationals next June in preparation for the Hungary Europeans then Worlds in Lake Guarda, Italy, 2018. We hope that Travis will also be able to attend these regattas with us.”
Odenbach said he’d be happy to sail again with Taylor, and he’s thrilled with Phoenix’s results. “I really enjoyed sailing with Andy and his team,” Odenbach said. “It makes me very proud to see a team that allowed me to jump in and sail with them succeed, and do even better without my help! I look forward to sailing with them in the future, and – hopefully – helping them to many more fun times on the water.”
Congratulations to the crew of Phoenix, and good luck with your future events!
2016 J/24 European Championship
1st – Andy Taylor, Phoenix