There are two key factors involved plus two quirks of culture that have conspired to give us what we see today.
The first factor is over specialization,
The second factor is apathy.
Brilliant piece of writing.
You nailed it Moonduster.
I would add two things.
First: This unfortunate combination from the perspective of the experienced, does have the balancing effect of drawing in entirely new blood to the sport. In the last two years I have taken six people sailing who had known I sailed ...for years. But it was the AC for all it's faults they found interesting enough to both see Sailing as real sport, and to ask to come out and try it. One of those first time sailors last summer now is a regular crew pool member and looking to buy his first OD. We need not love the unfortunate train wreck to use it to the sport's benefit. I loved this edition of the VOR. Perhaps became a bit obsessed with it. Much more beloved by the SA crowd than AC. But no one from my non sailing circles even knew the VOR even existed. So, to build the sport, use what we got.
Second: As the father of a Thomas obsessed toddler, I have to take exception to the editor's selection for the FP illustration. Thomas would never willingly engage in a wreck on Sodor's Railway, we probably can not say the same for the AC leadership.