An interesting thought is that US College sailing seems to be quite well funded. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but the impression at this distance is that they appear to have professional boat maintenance, coaching etc. I can't say what its like now, but as I recall in my day UK university sailing had none of that, the students had to maintain the boats etc, even pay for their own travel to events (obviously a smaller issue in the UK). If College sailing does have a good degree of funding what would happen if that were available to the youth pathway instead? (OK, I know it won't be as simple as that).Even dinghy sailing is hugely expensive. Hull, sails, spars, foils, gear, travel, entry fees. Multiply when they break or wear beyond their competitive life. Factor in trips abroad and its very expensive. All Michael Phelps needed was a speedo and a towel.