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post #31 of Old 03-25-2013
killarney_sailor
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Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?

Many years ago I competed in a Nonsuch regatta at the Edgartown YC which is one of the elite sailing spots, the race committee wore matching blazers and flannels with ties - while on the water. I noticed that the men in the club all had first names that could be last names, like Hunter, Emerson, and Crosby. I found it particularly funny because I thought at an inner city school in Toronto. We had many poor Jamaican immigrants and the boys had similar names.

About the expensive America's Cup tickets, I doubt that individuals pay for these things. It is corporate, which means they are being paid for by all of us through tax loopholes. Wonder if such business 'entertainment' tax breaks will be addressed in the current discussions?

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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