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Status Quo E-radicated

Status Quo E-radicated

You
may remember the raging three-year battle that developed over changing
the popular E-Scow class to asymmetric spinnakers from a conventional
setup. Much of the fight was fought here on SA, and we supported the change
as something that could only make sense for such lightweight, unballasted
boats. That fight ended this winter with the class voting in the bigger,
faster A-sails.

Charleston’s
Easter Regatta was the first big event of the 2008 season, and 27 of the
surfboard-like E boats showed up, all converted to the A-sail (along with
some M-17s and MC Scows). Buzz from the competitors proved the wisdom
of the class’s decision, and comments like "I’ve never gone so fast
on a sailboat before," and "phenomenal ride" were commonplace.
The change has helped bring Melges to full production on the E for the
first time in years, despite rumors that a measurement issue that led
some to believe that Melges had halted production. In response to those
rumors, Melges VP Andy Burdick said, "Melges is living and breathing
E scows. The company has a long tradition of this. We are building new
Melges E Scows, converting boats to the asymmetrical rigs, designing and
selling sails, covers, trailers, spare parts – you name it, Melges is
doing it and will continue to do so for a long time."

Augie
Barkow won the regatta, and full results are here.
Photo courtesy of Meredith Block/BlockSail
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