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

I've read a lot, bot not all 45 pages of this discussion. Incredible.

There are a lot of good points and some lousy opinions of my generation which aren't accurate. Which is as to be expected. I'll feel the same way in 30 years.

Here are a few insights I thought I might share.

20-40 year-olds are learning new things. I've become a potter, welder, bike mechanic, sailor, painter, sculptor, and salesman in the past decade. Every cup in my cupboard and painting on my wall is handmade. I'm not unique. Visit your local farmers market. You'll find the under 40 crowd wants to get dirty, build from scratch. I know people who make their own beer, raise their own chickens, build bicycles and use them as their only mode of transport.

We see sailing as a huge expense. We need mentors.

If you know a young person interested, I recommend you offer to take them cruising. Then the numbers will follow.

Fairwinds, Ryan
s/v Miss Marisol
1978 Watkins 27

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