Hmm.... not the rousing testament to HS and College Sailors reinventing or adding to, or creating new racing activities that they want... AFTER what 30 years..@Tcatman
There is a definite college sailing => adult attrition. I think people moving from where they went to college or grew up sailing to more landlocked areas is one cause (I'm one of them, I don't have the facilities to deal with dinghies right now and I don't want to drive two hours every time I want to sail it or deal with boatwork), and..... money money money and time time time.
I'm really lucky with the job I have, it gives me the days off I ask for to go play with sailboats. I don't have the money to commit to my other hobbies and sailing, so I've elected to ride along on leadboats for the last several years since college, but myself and many other friends from college sailing still enjoy getting out and racing. I don't think most people have that time. Especially for dinghies. Especially for travelling to dinghy regattas.
Everyone has heard the excuses and they are plausible and reasonable. Perhaps they are just so stories and that is why change or evolution is marginal over 30 years... We won't know unless you take a hard look. I was just looking for some data.... now I would settle for some anecdotes. It seems to me... that somebody would have a really great rebuttal.. to my College Sailing.... underwhelming impact thesis.
What I actually see are articles like this piece https://www.sailingworld.com/racing/a-cultural-barrier-to-more-women-in-sailing/ (and then read the comments).
Not a lot positives out of that article and once again... it is plausible and reasonable.... and perhaps another just so story as to why things are this way.
My point.... a careful look at how the US structure of HS and college sailing is working or not working in the very different world of adult racing is warranted.. (Cayard will try what he wants for Olympic classes) The marine industry will take care of the recreational sailors.
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