Re: Where are the younger people?
Our son bought his first boat for himself at 24 or 25, and is on his second. While they may be an exception these days, it does still happen. They were 'bargain boats' and far from pristine but he and his family (5 yr old daughter) are out there sailing (on their own boat and OPBs) They both work, live in an area where housing is prohibitively expensive and have made the priority call to rent rather than saddle themselves with a big mortgage, and manage to keep a boat in a high priced moorage market. Their circle of friends includes a half dozen youngish 30-somethings racing/cruising families with their own boats as well.
But as mentioned before these groups are not out cruising during school season...
OTOH the marked shrinkage of racing fleets since the 70s also points to a declining overall interest across the continent. I wonder if European trends are similar???
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)