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Re: Cheap Classic Plastic smokes the fleet in 2013 Down the Bay Race
... The cost of campaigning a boat in the 35ft range is very high regardless of the initial price. Plus the logistics are crazy. I had a half baked idea to do more racing and get a sport boat I could trailer around, once I started adding up the costs in time, money, and grey hair, I bagged the whole idea. The price of the boat was the last thing on my mind, instead it was the hotels, gas for the tow vehicle, new sails each year, restaurant bills, and trying to get 5 people to commit to a full schedule given the realities of today's work schedules. The guys who can take that time off, or pay people to put a campaign together for them, pay for all the maintenance, crew, and other expenses, are not going to skimp on the initial price.
The reason there is a lot more new boats used for race in Europe and a lot more sail racing has to do with that. Regular people like much more sailing here than in the US so it is much more easier to get a sponsor to pay at least part of the expenses. Because sailing is looked as "nice and clean" its value for promoting a product is much higher than in the states where its value seems to be associated with "old and rich guys".
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