Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Hood River
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
Ok old men and young kids it's time for the local survey here in Lisbon, Portugal while waiting for a weather window to the Canaries. We have met so many sailors of all types, ages and different boats so far. The further we get south the more we meet sailors getting ready to do the crossing to the carib. I want to tell you my guesses in the past are pretty much square on. There are actually more 20 and 30 somethings sailing than 50/60 somethings here in Europe and doing the crossing, I know that has always been the facts in the S. Pacific. I'm sitting in a wi fi cafe and I count 12 cruisers that I know that are making the crossing. Seven are in their 20's, three are in their early 30's and the other two and myself are old farts. We are hanging out with cruisers of all ages no one cares the age in the cruising community. I can't stay out all night like most of those young ones do here in Lisbon but Tracy and I hang on once in a while.
Most of the young are sailing smaller boats in the 32 to 37 foot range and have one or two same age crew members on board. But some are sailing 40 plus boats, all used boats. We know what most of them did for a living here in Europe and it ranges from bar tenders, waiters to computer work, we have not met any of the 20/30 somethings that made equal to 70,000 USA dollars, far less.
The youngans who have kids on board are mostly from the Netherlands, then Germany. The young french mostly sail with a girl friend or another guy their age. The young women sailing are beautiful not only in looks but dam nice too. The ARC may have more old farts, I do not know but there are far more sailors who are not sailing in the ARC than those stupid enough,(my opinion) to spend that kind of money for no real reason.
Seems young and old Americans have become so isolated and scared of the future they just complain about what should be and could be if only. Most of these euro young people come from a lot worse economy than we are having in the USA. They look at it as a great time to cruise for a couple of years. Come on yankees if you have a real dream make it work. The only excuse is that you really do not want to do it you just like talking about it. If you need to get a divorce, quit your boring job, quit school and get a job abd save like hell for two years then do it, run away, run away like those of us that make it happen no matter what we must sacrifice and believe me it's a lot.
See you in the Carib this winter, then the Panama Canal and next April in the S. Pacific. Just do it and stop your crying, Christ, life is not a practice run it is the real thing!