Upwind was also unique. The starboard-tack layline had the usual stack up, but interestingly enough in this boat, if you were able to be bow down and rumbling you did not pay nearly as much for overstanding. Unlike other boats I sail, the ability of the Melges 20 to gain bearing relative to boats that were sailing higher and slower upwind modes was significant. The port-tack layline was not as fruitful because of the agility of the Melges 20 to gain and the associated bad air. It was absolutely heinous!