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Old 03-24-2013
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Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?

The America's Cup is elitist, and has always been from its inaugural event in the 1800's (the owners didn't even bother to sail their own yachts). The origins of "sailing for fun" are also elitist in case you forget, no matter how down to earth many cruisers and live-aboards are today. Nowadays, it simply is being commercialized, as is everything else. But is that very different from the expense-account ticket-holders in luxury boxes at football, baseball, basketball? The Olympics? Today's philosophy is to charge what the market can bear and push the financial boundary as hard as you can (and that is not entirely new, either). It has little to do with sailing, a lot with business. The irony is that the best view of all these races is not on some expense-account venue but on your comfy couch at home (assuming you are not living on board somewhere) watching the whole thing on TV. Thus, it has more to do with "networking" among business people and their hangers-on... and bragging rights.

Last edited by flandria; 03-24-2013 at 01:40 PM. Reason: expand topic
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