Originally Posted by PalmettoSailor
...Those that measure their self worth in terms of learning and harnessing the forces of nature to accomplish your aims are more likely to be sailors, and yes we are an elitist bunch.
Sailors, young or old, wealthy or not, may be and mostly are an "Elite":
A group of people considered to be the best in a particular category, esp. because of their efforts and talent...
But, very rarely are Sailors, young or old, wealthy or not "Elitist":
A person who believes that they are superior to others (and thus deserve favored status) because of their intellect, social status, wealth, or other factors; or, somebody who believes that society should be ruled by an elite class.
In fact, as a class, most Sailors--young or old, wealthy or not, seem to be about as egalitarian...
believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.
...as a group of people could be. Sailing seems to be a great equalizer and folks at a beach pot-luck never seem to care that Fred and Suzie Farkel may have come off of a 64' Swan while Jack and Jill Dokes may have come off a 27' Albin. Fred and Suzie and Jack and Jill are usually treated about the same by all but a rare few.