Part of my reaction to this is having to deal with so-o many parents that are cocksure "the only way to learn to sail well is to RACE!" and often they would feel that I'm not yelling at the kids enough, either.
But buoys, definitely yes. I use a lot of buoys in a lot of exercises, including...
I have read it. Nice idea.
I'm pretty sure that centering sailing as a family-together type activity will not "save" it; nowadays for more people prefer to not interact with their kids. Look around at any popular restaurant.
I wouldn't say that racing "dooms" anybody, but the way sailing is often taught, as though "racing" was the main goal, does seem to doom the majority of the students to eventual dissatisfaction and not pursuing the sport of sailing further.
To me there are a couple of very important...