Originally Posted by PCP
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".
That is part of it. I think part of it may also be that you folks have have not lost as much of your free time to the altars of globalization. Sailing takes space, money, time, and desire. Americans have money, the rest .... Of course this is just a generalization, there are still some folks here with all 4, and some with none. Still, my belief is that loss of time and space is a much greater contributor to sailing's decline here than money, marketing, or promotion.