You are the "Speed Boss" on board which means you trim the sails, tune the mast, take care of managing the boat handling, etc. Can you give us tips to keep in mind to go fast upwind and downwind ?
Freddy: The Melges 20 is an intriguing, fun-to-sail boat. The three-person team sails with their legs onboard creating totally new dynamics: each team member contributes to tactics, trim and tuning.
On PINTA start with a setting which can easily be adapted or changed in case the conditions change. We choose a tune that uses the tracks in their full range. Heeling angle is the key to success - being able to keep a stable and constant angle seems to ensure consistent, successful performances.
I reckon that the heeling angle is the key to success in that being able to keep a stable and constant angle seems to ensure consistent, successful performances.
In the Melges 20 class there is no crew-weight limit. Some teams sail with three while others opt for four crew. What are your thoughts about crew weight and numbers on the Melges 20?
Freddy: The class does not foresee a weight limit which takes away the stress of compulsory weigh-in and related extreme diets. The fleets swings between 240 - 275 kg (530-605 lbs). I think that 260kg (573 lbs) is the optimum weight. On PINTA our average weight was +270kg (595 lbs) which doesn't really help in light wind conditions!
What sails & codes you would recommend ? Could you define wind-range & sea-state to choose if flying a Runner or a Reacher ?
Freddy: In the last two seasons North Sails has worked really hard to develop an easy to use, all-round inventory. I'm really proud of what we came up with. The results speak for themselves.
On PINTA we sail with standard North sails:
- M-16 mainsail
- LM Jib (former J-11B)
- V4-2R and R2 Runner.
The V4 has proven to be a great all-round sail and is a must in the lazy planning condition where the heeling angle is the most important factor. The R2 is a great sail in the range of 7 to 11 knots.