Originally Posted by zeehag
is no more elitist than is car racing...lok at nascar--has everyone and his uncle runnng rum now is sanctioned...lots of dough.
formula one racing..lotsa dough.\
runnng amateur car racing--lotsa dough and npsponsorships..ouch.
prosailing--lotsa dough and sponsors.
you n me sailing--as much dough as it wants and then some, and no sponsors.
Actually sailing as a low level sport is a lot less elitist than car racing.
In cars, even in low profile amateur racing you don't have nothing like an handicap system.
If you don't have a fast car you will make a miserable and ridicolous figure and fast, in cars and boats means money. Lots of it.
In boat racing you can race with a slow old boat, be the last and still win the race in compensated. Not that I like it but I have to admit that handicaps makes boat races a lot less expensive than car racing.
You can't race with the car that you use everyday, regarding sailing you can race with the boat you use to cruise (most do) and some even race with the boat they use for living