SAN DIEGO -- After the final race of the 28th America's Cup, America3 syndicate head Bill Koch and helmsman Buddy Melges again sat together at the podium during a news conference.
At previous post-race gatherings, a popular line of questioning has dealt with America3 sailing against the two skippers Koch rated as one and two in the world.
Melges was never mentioned as either -- until last evening.
"I didn't want to tell Buddy this, because I didn't want to blow too much smoke at him," Koch said when asked again who is the best sailor in the world. "But I think he is one of the best if not the best sailor in the world."