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Parents don't have to buy their kids a boat to get them into sailing and if they did want to buy a boat it's not too hard to find dinks under $500. If you live in an area where sailing's at all popular there are always sailing camps and classes for kids that don't cost any more than any other camps and classes kids take. I learned to sail and race on old beat up lasers and 420's then moved on to old beat up sonars and J22's before graduating to big boat sailing/racing.
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Ok, so how does a 10 year old get started in racing lasers. Break it down for me. $500 is a ton of money if you don't have it.
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From a European point of view I don't have the feeling that racing is in decline. ..... In France sailors are almost national heroes!
And French Ocean races are not French races anymore. They have sailors from all Europe and even some Americans. They put the emphasis on human exploit and seamanship and are mostly duo or solo races.

Here you have a link for the French Mag "Course au large" in the English version "Ocean Racing". This one is free. You have just to register.It has great photos.

OCEAN RACING : 100% SAILING, 100% RACING !

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Ok, so how does a 10 year old get started in racing lasers. Break it down for me. $500 is a ton of money if you don't have it.
I don't disagree with you at all there. When you don't have disposable income participating in sports that have high equipment costs and low public/corporate subsidy just isn't going to be a reality for you. But it's not just the poor who are staying away from racing, it's almost everybody and it can't be money that's keeping them all away. It's not at all uncommon to find middle class parents spending way more than $500/year on sports leagues, clinics, camps, classes, etc for their kids. And there are plenty of other expensive sports/hobbies that have more popularity and greater mind share among the middle class than sailboat racing (skiing & golf, just to name two). I think avoidance of youth sailing has as much or more to do with perception of elitism, perception of expense, parental safety concerns, parental fear of expending their kid's time on a hobby that has little to no value for getting college scholarships, and general fear of not following the crowd as it has to do with cost.
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4arch, any suggestions to getting more kids involved?
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