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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

Originally Posted by puddinlegs View Post
Year round sailing. You need cabin heat and good foulies. Better cruising than the SF area for sure.

Tough thread. Having worked and sailed a lot with 'younger' folks, personally, I just don't get all the slagging of the 20 somethings. A lot of it seems to be anecdotal information from crap like Huffpost and Fox about how crappy the uppity youngsters are. I just haven't found it to be true. The ones I know seem very focused, motivated, working hard trying to keep ahead in a truly uncertain and wild west economic environment. Just read about a young woman sailing and surfing her way around Mexico in something like a Catalina 23. I guess I've just had enough of the previous generation complaining about the next. It's old, it's tired, and makes me wonder if people even spend significant time with or know anyone under 40. If you're over 40, you have the good fortune of hindsight which makes many of the younger generations 'follies in progress' painful to watch. You know why? We've already been there and done that, but we forgot because somehow we've muddled through and all we have left are our very selective memories... if that. So to all of you pissing and moaning about the younger folks, I say get some out sailing with you. If they aren't interested in sailing with you, it's more than likely because you're too busy 'telling' and not listening or actually conversing. Will you meet some who really are tools? Sure, but not to any extent greater than you would have 20 or 30 years ago... hell, a 100 for that matter.
Your opinion of those who posted here doesn't change the fact that...
-fewer people under 30 have their driver's license, the first step on the road to adventure and independence, than 30 years ago.
-fewer people under 30 are leaving home to live independently than 30 years ago. You can't blame the economy- young people were travelling the country in droves during the Depression, for example.
-interest in sailing is lower than it was 30 years ago. Fleets are smaller, sailors older.

Slag those of us here who are over 40 all you want, facts is facts. The gen Ys you meet may be "focused and motivated and working hard"... but maybe that's beacause , by your own admission you "work and sailed" with them. They have already drunk the kool-aid- Think your sample might be just as biased as you feel the opinions posted here are?

What does hearten me, being the over- 40, non- Huffington post reading, listening conversationalist that I am, is the flurry of teen circumnavigation that we haven't seen before...ever. I hope that over the next decade this translates into more interest, plants seeds that will grow the next generation of adventurers.

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