Crewmember Paul van Leynseele explains how the Melges 24 class has come full circle in the Pacific Northwest. "When the boat first came out, it was really popular. But then it got so competitive it became unapproachable, and the fleet was down to the top five boats. Everybody else was just like, 'We're just getting beat up, and nobody's friendly. This isn't fun anymore.' The top guys were like, 'Nobody wants to race,' and we're like, 'Well, yeah! You could try a little harder.' Now people are trying to make it place where you're welcome to come racing, and they'll help you along a build a fleet out of it."