A first look and test sail of the brand new Melges 20.
might have thought that getting a crazed Pakistani shuttle driver, who
after I called a kook during 20 minutes of insane tailgating and radical
lane changes, told me not worry as he "was a former pilot in my
country" as a bad start to a trip, but not me. The fact that I
even made it in one piece to the San Francisco Yacht Club to see the
new Melges 20 seemed like a great start!
After some excellent SA PR work by Mr. Clean, I got hooked up with
Harry Melges and Andy Burdick to take the new
baby Melges for a spin on the SF Bay. The Melges boys actually had
two 20’s there, each identical except for the rigs, where one had a
2′ taller rig as they wanted to see what performance differences there
might be between the two. I sailed on the short rig boat with Harry
and Andy for about three hours in breeze between 8-14 true. Anarchist
White Wing was also on hand, sailing the bigger rig as a prospective