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Re: Where are the younger people?
I'm 40 and started sailing 5 years ago. Do I count as young?
I'd say that sailing isn't a mainstream activity. Young people do a lot of things now that used to be marginal activities - rock climbing, white-water kayaking, windsurfing, technical cycling, triathlons, long-distance running, yoga, just to name a few. I know more people my age who have jumped out of a plane in a parachute (for fun) than know how to sail. When I mention that I sail, the reaction is typically one of astonishment. And I live right next door to the Chesapeake, some of the best sailing in the country.
For myself, I had no idea I would like sailing. I went out for my first sail at 32 on someone else's boat and wasn't expecting to enjoy myself nearly as much as I did. I took a course three years later and have been haunting Yachtworld ever since.
So I don't think it's video games, or a generational attitude, or even the cost (I know someone who just spent $15,000 on a bicycle). It's just that most folks our age with time and money are doing other things.