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post #360 of Old 01-07-2013
killarney_sailor
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

Had an interesting experience the other night. There were four cruising boats in Mossel Bay (near Cape Agulhas in South Africa which is pretty serious cruising ground) so we decided to get together for a braai (BBQ). Such social affairs are common for cruisers but this one had a big difference, my wife and I were the only ones over 37 and most were around 30 cruising on modest boats, but now most of the way around the world. Someone made the comment that once you got to Cocos Island, ie committed to crossing the Indian Ocean, the proportion of younger cruisers went up substantially. Younger cruisers typically need to get home before the money runs out.

BTW we have seen as many young Swedes cruising as all other countries combined,

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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