Quarantillo finds depth in sailing | SummitDaily.com

Quarantillo finds depth in sailing

Adam Boffey
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

“It’s sort of funny,” Quarantillo said. “I always thought sailing was pretty stupid until I got on a boat. The camaraderie, teamwork and anticipation of action sort of got me hooked. Some friends of mine taught me how, and from that point on, it’s been a huge part of my life.”

Quarantillo, who’s lived in Summit County for nine years, competes regularly on Dillon Reservoir as a member of the J24 Shooting Star crew. A bit of a speed demon by nature, Quarantillo has learned to appreciate the unpredictable, yet frequent, downtime sailing affords.

“With anyone I’ve ever sailed with, there’s been a blend of personalities, so you start to make your own fun by telling funny stories or singing songs ” whatever it takes to get you through the doldrums.

“My philosophy before I started was ‘Put a little more gas on the fire and go faster,'” he said. “(In the past), I would have much rather been out on a motorboat going 50 or 60 miles per hour than sitting on a sailboat going two. But it doesn’t take much skill to push a throttle down, and it takes a lot of skill to make a sailboat sail efficiently.” ≈

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