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I see quite a few programs for the young in N. Michigan. Community programs and YC programs for beginning to late teen sailors. This is on both L. Michigan and larger inland lakes in the area. The same is available along the coast from Chicago to Mackinac City on both sides of the lake.
The percentages are never going to be high because there are so many things available to the younger generation today. That is not exclusive to XBox, high speed internet, which is available world wide today by the way. Fred has many options, and he and his parents decide how to focus his energies.
Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit in the 50's and early 60's we had a lot
less options than I would have liked. Boy Scouts got us involved in the community and camping, canoeing, etc. Organized little league was sparse. Basketball...not a lot of options outside of your driveway.
My 11 year old grand daughter has taken a couple of years lessons in Prams and really enjoyed them. She passed on last summers lessons because of her involvement with her softball team and basketball clinics. There is just so much that a kid can fit in, and their options are endless. Deciding on their passion early and focusing on it allows time for school and friends. Doing a little of everything is just not an option today if you want to be competitive.
I hope that she decides that she wants to get into a competitive racing program in the future. However, it is more important to me that she loves to sail with me, I can always arrange my time to sail with her, and we have fun doing it. My only problem today is her schedule is beginning to interfere with my time on the water and on the golf course. Between softball, basketball, volleyball, choir, etc. I am attending lots of different venues. Factor in the practices and travel time, her mother is on the move all the time. Happy to be a grand parent...less pressure.
So, one last question to Hog. I know that HHI is a diverse community,but what is the average age of citizens on the island? Do the silver haired folks represent a majority? Wish I was one of them at the moment. 34 degrees, wind at 35 kts., gusts to 44 kts., wind chill 25 degrees, 2' waves in front of my house on an inland lake, and the bouy in the middle of L. Michgan registers 10' waves consistently.
A Bald Ancient Mariner