Reduce pressure to grow participation:
by Jay Eveleth
In 1996, we had one youngster left in our youth sailing program in Mountain Lakes, NJ. Previously, in 1982, we had lots of juniors, and our kids had taken three of the top five places in the North American Junior Sunfish Championship.
To revive youth sailing in 1997, the Mountain Lakes Sailing Association started a sailing camp. In the first few years, we had a few kids show up each day, but 16 years later on most days there were 30-40 youngsters in camp, and 92 kids were on the roster with 10 more on the waiting list.
We attribute our success to the set of sailing games we invented. The games are highly competitive, but very low pressure… mos…
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Be Careful Who You Listen To:
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
Through the ten editions of the Yacht Racing Forum, attendees were a who’s who of the marine industry, many of whom seeking to push technical advancements for sailing.
While fascinating, I too often cringed when these experts presented the future of the sport, with their self-interest often blind to what may adversely impact the health of what is meant to be a recreational activity.
Labeled as the “leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing,” what about discussing how to serve all sailing enthusiasts and not just the privileged or the professional?
Maybe the pendulum has begun to swing back,…
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