One key element of the observations here involve volunteering. Our sport was built on volunteers - sailing was taught to others by volunteers, races were organized by volunteers, clubs were run by volunteers. Many involved in our sport/passion are wiling to pay someone to do the work, so they (we) can play. This creates the bureaucracy of organizations that becomes removed from the goals.
Sure enough, our Olympic Sailing efforts are the key focus for US Sailing and that may not represent the "interests" of most members. The Olympic movement is a classic example of bureaucracy run amok! (not as bad as FIFA but running a close second!) Just as there was a time when volunteers were the heart of sailing and sailboat racing, there was also a sense of patriotism that was motivated by Olympic success in many sports, so the two elements, volunteerism and patriotism have diminished in our culture.
If you want to see change, volunteer to replace paid employees and step forward to be the change you desire.
It's a nice idea, but isn't the USA like here in Australia where the volunteers are already flat out doing the vast majority of the work that keeps the sport going? I've never seen a keen volunteer who has the spare time to take over the work that a paid employee is doing, without giving up the vital work they are already doing.