Did you guys bother to actually read the letter where Fran talks about "ongoing efforts to develop faster, more tunable, more durable, and more fun-to-sail boats for the future of college sailing ..."?
So, I'm left wondering how this question is a distraction. I wouldn't have asked it if Fran hadn't stated the above.
College sailing is a fun thing to do while you are in college, period. Sailing isn't a uniform one way sport like soccer. It is a universe. Collegiate sailing is one solar system. And there are a gazillion other suns in the universe. If "everybody" who sails goes through exactly the same pattern then yes, perhaps you don't get a good olympic squad. But frankly that ain't college sailing's fault. Rather it is everyone else's fault--for the gradual disintegration of dinghy racing....
Sailing IS a universe of events and disciplines. ... but there is a hierarchy.. Olympics are a pinnacle... AC is another pinnacle... College Sailing gets support from alumni donors... I suggest that they BELIEVED that college sailing played a key stepping stone to success at the international level and ultimately the Olympics. I doubt they donate because "Its fun for undergrads"...
I hope that the failure at Weymouth and the realization that the solar system of College Sailing is a dead end with respect to the hierarchy within the sailing universe will drive a restructuring of College Sailing. Perhaps the future has donors who now focus on alternative programs because they want to donate and support something bigger.
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Fran talks about "ongoing efforts to develop faster, more tunable, more durable, and more fun-to-sail boats for the future of college sailing
The proper discussion is .... Could College Sailing on faster more tunable, more durable and more fun to sail boats play ANY role in developing elite world class sailors. I am not even sure that this happy outcome would actually get the job done.