Is Sailing an Elitist Sport? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree45Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-24-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 834
Thanks: 2
Thanked 21 Times in 17 Posts
Rep Power: 2
benesailor is on a distinguished road
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.

Sportsmark

Quote:
LOUIS VUITTON CUP FINALS
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)


AMERICA’S CUP FINALS
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.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 03-24-2013
RocketScience's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Home Port Seattle
Posts: 158
Thanks: 1
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 6
RocketScience is on a distinguished road
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
__________________
Rob
Wauquiez Pretorien 35
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 03-24-2013
Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3,055
Thanks: 3
Thanked 51 Times in 46 Posts
Rep Power: 9
killarney_sailor is on a distinguished road
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 ...
__________________
Finished the circumnavigation in early February in Grenada. Have to work on a book project for the next several months so the boat will be waiting for next year.

Last edited by killarney_sailor; 03-24-2013 at 10:08 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 03-24-2013
mad_machine's Avatar
Sea Sprite 23 #110 (20)
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Posts: 3,107
Thanks: 5
Thanked 62 Times in 53 Posts
Rep Power: 2
mad_machine is on a distinguished road
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
jrd22, rugosa and benesailor like this.
__________________
Art Haberland
__________________

In the end all that matters is how fully you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things that did not belong to you -buddha
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 03-24-2013
MarkofSeaLife's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 2,009
Thanks: 25
Thanked 42 Times in 39 Posts
Rep Power: 4
MarkofSeaLife is on a distinguished road
Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?

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
__________________
Sea Life
Notes on a Circumnavigation:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 03-24-2013
RichH's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,757
Thanks: 9
Thanked 64 Times in 57 Posts
Rep Power: 15
RichH will become famous soon enough
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.
Jon Skiff likes this.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 03-24-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Yorktown Hts NY
Posts: 268
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
jppp is on a distinguished road
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.
__________________
'79 Camper & Nicholson 303, Blow'd up labor day
Sunfish just fine
Dyer Dow, crushed in Hurricane Sandy
Angler 204 Cuddy-, Crushed in Hurricane Sandy
Yes all true, No wonder no one will go on the water with me.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 03-24-2013
BarryL's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 1,586
Thanks: 3
Thanked 23 Times in 22 Posts
Rep Power: 11
BarryL is on a distinguished road
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?

Barry
Dfok, vtsailguy and Rich85tpi like this.
__________________
Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 03-24-2013
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 15
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
John B is on a distinguished road
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.
Stella's crew and Jon Skiff like this.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 03-24-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,345
Thanks: 1
Thanked 14 Times in 13 Posts
Rep Power: 11
capttb is on a distinguished road
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 ?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Composite Sailing Teams: Elitist or Egalitarian? NewsReader News Feeds 0 11-08-2012 11:30 AM
The Sport of Sailing NewsReader News Feeds 0 07-17-2012 04:20 PM
Sailing On Ice? Yeah, That's A Sport. NewsReader News Feeds 0 03-03-2012 07:20 AM
Sailing On Ice? Yeah, That's A Sport. NewsReader News Feeds 0 02-29-2012 06:40 AM
I''m new to the sport of sailing and looking for info Randy K Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 07-14-2003 11:47 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:57 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.