by Roger Marshall, author and yacht designer
We’ve read a lot lately about saving sailing, increasing regatta fleets, getting more participation and increasing yacht club sailing programs. I’ve heard from major players in the marine world and NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) about how participation in sailing and boating in general is way down from the peaks it achieved years ago.
Of course, it’s down. Sailing and boating are interests that use discretionary income. In a recession, discretionary spending is the first item that gets cut.
My experience, going back over forty years of professional boat design and writing about bo…
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