Building Participation By Simplifying The Format:
A challenge in the sport is how to build participation when the cost to compete continues to climb. This is a result of increased competition, which is a tricky variable to restrain. The harder the game is to play, fewer are willing to invest the time and money to participate.
So how do keep people from trying so hard? Simplify the format. As multi-race days of windward-leewards crush the casual racers, promoting a less taxing alternative can do the trick. Ken Quant is promoting a plan he hopes will loosen the dock lines next season on Lake Michigan…
We get approximately 80 boats out on any given Wednesday night, yet only 15 to 18 on w…
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Pros and Sailing: Thirty Years Later:
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
I was 24 years old, and had been working as a one design sailmaker for three years when Sailing World published their 1986 interview with Dave Ullman title, Get the Pros Out of Racing. I had grown up idolizing Dave, but now that he had turn 40, and was advocating that pros be limited from competition. I figured he wasn’t too eager to keep grinding away every weekend. I was.
However, he was seeing a lot more than I was. The sport had already begun shrinking, with many contributing reasons, but certainly chief among them is the heigh…
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