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benesailor 03-24-2013 09:19 AM

Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?
I realize this has been hashed out before; but, after looking at ticket prices for the America cup, it really makes you wonder. It makes NASCAR look good.



Single Day $800
2-Day Pack $1,500
3-Day Pack $2,175
Full Series Flex $2,900
4 guaranteed days + option to purchase
3 additional days
Guaranteed days: August 17, 18, 21, 24
Contingent on outcome: August 25, 28, 30
($700 per additional day)

Opening Weekend (Sept 7 & 8) $3,000
2-Day Pack $2,800
3-Day Pack $3,900
Full Series Flex $5,500
5 guaranteed days + option to purchase
4 additional days
Guaranteed days: September 7, 8, 10, 12, 14
Contingent on outcome: September 15, 17, 19, 21
($900 per additional day)

Private Waterfront Chalets

An exclusive hospitality experience affording corporate groups the
unique opportunity to entertain 280-360 guests throughout the
exciting final stages of the 34th America’s Cup (Louis Vuitton Cup
Finals & America‘s Cup Finals). The Private Waterfront Chalets offer
unparalleled views of the race course and a first-class setting to
develop your business relationships.
The Inclusions
• Exclusive use of 20’ x 70’ footprint with the executive furnishings
• 40 tickets per day for all race days
• 20 VIP parking passes per day
• 40 America’s Cup programs delivered to the tent each day
• Premium food & beverage package
• Four (4) credentials for a Team Base Tour for a select day
• America’s Cup Insider Experiences
• One (1) table of ten in the America’s Cup Club for a select day
• Opportunity to purchase 10 additional SRO chalet tickets with five
(5) parking passes per day
Louis Vuitton Cup Finals, Single Day $62,500
Louis Vuitton Cup Finals $250,000
America’s Cup Finals $395,000
Both Finals Series $600,000

That's just a sample of the America's Cup area. I'm a whole-hearted capitalist and i believe you charge what the market will bear. I wonder sometimes why America can't find talented sailors for the Olympics.
I'm glad i can watch sailing from any vantage point.

RocketScience 03-24-2013 09:53 AM

Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?
"Full Series Flex $5,500"

And my vantage point would be from where???

Unless this put me on a Committee boat, or hovering above the course in a helo, it's about as silly as selling tickets to watch the Woodland Kingfisher migrate South. JMO

killarney_sailor 03-24-2013 09:59 AM

Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?
Well, as I was saying to Hunter and Daphne at the Club the other day, if we lower our standards any more just about everyone will think that they can be a sailor ...

mad_machine 03-24-2013 10:03 AM

Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?
I can only go by my first hand experiences here.

When I mentioned to my co-workers that I was looking at a boat. The first questions out of their mouths was "what size engine?" We are not talking rednecks here.. the idea that I was looking to get a sailboat seemed about as alien to them as if I had ridden a horse to work amd wore homespun clothing. in this digital age, getting anywhere slowly by using the forces of nature does not compute

MarkofSeaLife 03-24-2013 10:33 AM

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Yes, sailing is an elitist sport, cruising is a great example. We have had to get off our butts and make money through hard work to buy a boat, retire and go travel the world.

Slack-ass lazy bums cant do that because they have always been bone idle. They are the ones who look at us as elitist.

So I dont mind at all :)

RichH 03-24-2013 11:13 AM

Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?
Sailing is definitely an 'elitist' sport, as especially viewed by those who dont do their own exhaustive 'bottom work', etc. because their servants/paid crew happen to have a few days off and no one is there every morning to 'chamois'-off the dew.

jppp 03-24-2013 11:21 AM

Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?
Sailboat racing is a sport and certainly can be elitist but for the rest of us not at all. Sailing (day sailing or cruising)on the other hand is as much a sport as driving a motor home through Yellowstone.

BarryL 03-24-2013 11:26 AM

Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?
What does 'sailing' have to do with the 'Americas Cup?' That's like asking if driving a car is elitist because Formula One racing is expensive.

You can probably watch 'yacht racing' every day in the summer if you want to. My club (dues is $50 / year) races numerous series in the summer and you can watch for free. The other local yacht clubs have similar racing on other days Is that 'common man' enough for you?


John B 03-24-2013 11:34 AM

Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?
Elitist, maybe but I sail a 35 yr old boat that cost me a few grand.I sailed past a million dollar yacht last year and you can't tell me he was having any more fun than me.I love sailing , it is fun at every level.

capttb 03-24-2013 11:37 AM

Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?
It certainly appears that WATCHING other people sail can be VERY elitist, I've never paid to watch someone else play golf or tennis either so the whole concept is a little alien to me.
How do they keep people from watching for free outside the grandstand area ?

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