Originally Posted by PCP
Sport is a sport and that is about that we are talking about, not cruising or living in a boat as a life style.
Why expensive? You don't need to have a boat you can race in a sailing club with the boats owned by the sailing community. Most, regarding this discussion will be thinking in racing big boats but you can have as much fun racing a dingy, a kite surf or a windsurf board. That is all sailing and if you compete or take it in a sportive way, it is a sport and a demanding one.
If you are really good at club sailing you will make it to the major league championships and will find sponsors that will pay your sport sailing passion. If you are really good and if that is what you want, you will become a professional and will be paid to make the sport you like as a life style. If you become real good among the professionals there will be sponsors and teams that will be interested in paying you for racing big boats and if you are the cream of the cream they will pay you for skippering big boats, or race alone in them.
Why is this expensive?
It seems to me that you don't like sports, particularly sailing (as a sport) but that is another story
You got me, I don't care for organized sports. Team sports etc. I was the kid who would rather canoe out to the back country by my self or climb a tree, hike to the top of the hill etc., than run around the city park chasing a ball. I did play American Football in J.R high thru High school, and learned dicsipline there. The sport of sailing is indeed elitist, all though my community has free sailing programs for kids. I'd rather teach kids how to sail safely across the bay on a heavy keel boat to explore the other side, than just sail around in a patteren as fast as they can on a light boat for what? to do it faster than the other kid. I compete, with the elements not the dude on the other boat. Actually, I don't really compete the elements, I move with them in Harmony, using them to propell me and my craft across the water to explore the planet....safely.