Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
I never would have gotten into sailing if not for the Boy Scouts. No one in my family sailed, and sunfish at summer camp were my introduction to sailing. If not for that, I am not sure I ever would have gotten the bug, years later, to start sailing dinghies and ultimately (when i finally could *barely* afford it) a real keel boat. I would not have known where to start.
Around Manhattan, there are several programs taking inner city kids (like I was) out sailing on Colgate 26's and j-24's. We need more programs like this, and like scouting, that introduce city kids especially (not just disadvantaged city kids, white flight reversed years ago don't forget) to the blast that sailing really is.