Excerpt of Letter from Bruce Golison
Bruce Golison is the
organizer of the prestigious Golison and Golison Race Week in Long Beach
(also known as Boatscape.Com / North Sails Race Week). He is the new
owner of one of the newest Santana 20's - 2000 model and was 2nd place
at this year's Santana 20 National Championships.
As a new Santana 20 owner for the second time over a 22 year period, I was asked to share my thoughts on
coming back to the class and how it compares to other sailing that I have done over the past 22 years.
Actually for the past 5 years, I have not done much sailing with an active
young son at home.
This year I decided to get back into the class with a long time friend of mine, Steve Washburn for several
1. I wanted a new challenge after sailing in the Cal 20 class for the past ten years.
2. I wanted a boat that I could travel with. Experiencing different locations, new competitors and varied sailing conditions makes for a great time. Combine this with making new friends in different locations and you have a wonderful experience.
3. Steve and I have young sons who we want to get into sailing and Steve's eleven year old in particular was ready to try racing with spinnakers.
Once we decided to get a new boat, Steve and I had to decide what kind of boat to get. Prior to my getting
a Cal 20, I had campaigned a J/24 for eight years. Our J/24 travels took us from Key West, to Sydney,
Australia, to Seattle, to San Francisco and to the Texas Circuit (a series consisting of regattas in Dallas,
Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Corpus Christi and Shreveport, LA). One year we actually put
over 40,000 miles on our trailer! The J/24 provided us with great competition and life long sailing friends.
Since racing the J/24 successfully takes a crew of five, and they can't be your young children, that boat didn't
fit into our current equation. The Melges 24, although a wonderful class, possed the same issues regarding
having our young kids race with us. Remembering the fun that I had had with my first Santana, I started to
do some research on the class.
I was happy to learn of a "rebirth" in the class and that there were active fleets around the western states.
The fact that there were good sailors competing in the class was also very important to us. Combing these
factors with the fact that our kids could race with us, the Santana 20 was our choice!
We decided to get a new boat so that we would have all the developments of the class built right into the
boat. We wanted to be competitive "right out of the box". This proved to be a great decision. Tom Schock
has done a great job keeping the production boats up to date with class innovations. Combine this with the
latest construction techniques and our boat was fast from the first time we stepped on board. At the just
completed nationals, we sailed with an absolutely stock Santana 20 right off the Schock production line, and
placed second! I would recommend a new boat to anyone.
Comments from S20 Sailors
- "The that performs like a dinghy, but SAILS like a
- "Santana 20's are fairly inexpensive compared to other
keelboats. Because it is usually dry-docked, bottom maintenance and
slip fees are usually minimal."
- "For a boat of its size, it performs very well. It is one of
the faster 20 foot keelboats and can outperform many 25 foot
- "An S20 is a complex boat. It has almost the same controls as
larger keelboats and is a great learning platform for younger
- "Santana 20's are sailed in the open oceans of Southern
California as well as inland lakes. This speaks to the flexibility
and adaptability of this boat."