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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
I've enjoyed your posts Hannah2. People like you are pretty rare. I agree, cruising and sailing are not necessarily the same thing and I think the definition means different things to different people.
For me, it's a lifestyle change, away from all that is not cruising really. It's a big commitment in how I would approach it. The leaders of the cruising trend that became more popular in the 60's, 70's, seemed closely linked the the Nearing exodus that many took moving "back to the land".
One of the more amazing things I remember about simply taking a winter off and heading down the coast, was the number of people we met that had taken the "sell up and and sail" route. Quite a few! They had traded in real estate equity to follow the dream nicely set out at the time by the cruising media like Cruising World(good magazine in it's day). These were people in their 40's and up. Some even had families!
Cruising as many have done, and you are doing right now, is a wonderful way of life. But it's not for everyone, it's a lifestyle very few experience.
I learned to love to travel by sailboat, for short term, and now do that quite happily here in Maine. I'm not a big fan of living aboard(one winter was fine), at least not on the boats we like to sail in. But we so enjoy the sailing life on the water, sailing is a passion for me. And we like to snowboard here and travel(and we're working full time with 2 in college!).
My favorite way to travel is with a carry on bag. I love our boat, but it's a bit too much baggage for how we travel these days.
I'm not sure our kids will want to follow a cruising lifestye(who knows?), but they've traveled far already and have studied abroad.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm thick in college kids right now(our two in now), and we're just in mid winter break with 3 to 5(friends) staying with us.
These are the lucky kids(most of us in the US are), the ones able to find some way to be in college. But most of us are not wealthy(you find a way(cruising, college, we always have), yet, I can't think of many of these kids I've gotten to know, that haven't traveled abroad.
Semesters abroad are the rule now, woofing trips(our daughter studies in Scotland and travels widely for peanuts, woofing, youth hostels) semesters at sea(our son just finished one). Gap years, between years, they take right off and go places around the world. In fact, compared to my age, I would speculate, kids are traveling more today(there I've done it...).
Thanks for your input, it's nice to hear what you're seeing. I knew sailing was alive and well, I'm glad cruising will continue as well.
Tom Young sailing a 1961 38' Alden Challenger, CHRISTMAS out of
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