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post #46 of Old 03-26-2013
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Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?

Originally Posted by benesailor View Post
I realize this has been hashed out before; but, after looking at ticket prices for the America cup, it really makes you wonder. It makes NASCAR look good.


That's just a sample of the America's Cup area. I'm a whole-hearted capitalist and i believe you charge what the market will bear. I wonder sometimes why America can't find talented sailors for the Olympics.
I'm glad i can watch sailing from any vantage point.
First of all, the America's Cup is no longer about sailing. It has morphed into a freakish display of expensive technology financed by people who have skin in the game, or are super wealthy and looking for a way to spend money. Real sailboat racing is about kids down at the yacht club learning how to race Penguins, Turnabouts, or 420's. Cost to watch? $0. Sailboat racing is about club championships, regional, and national in the one design of your choice. Price of admission to watch? $0. Don't try to make this about politics and elitist accusations. I'm proud of my affiliation with sailing my entire life and I'm even more proud about what real sailboat racing is about. Sportsmanship, seamanship, skill, and teamwork practiced by folks from all walks of life. The America's Cup is a sad joke at this point not worth the effort I put into this post.
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