Actually I found most clubs are not exclusive or snobby. that’s old school. Even on the LI Sound where you are , the majority of clubs we stayed at were very friendly. Course there are examples of Those that Are snobby and there is an old stereotype of that happening. however I have found very few snobby. In today’s world where it’s hard to find new members it doesn’t pay.
Many clubs have jr sailing programs where members teach the youth how to sail as volunteers. Most clubs don’t have restaurants and many don’t have actual clubhouses. In today’s new world many are virtual sailing clubs. Ie
- Single sailors- gets singles to meet and sail together
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Yes there is a lot of socialization. That’s not a bad thing. In the club I belonged to there were weekend cruises and raft ups. There were weeklong cruises. You could participate, or you didn’t. There was no pressure.
For my wife this was a very positive introduction to sailing and I believe it led to her learning and embracing sailing to the extent she has. She far exceeded many of the other women sailors eventually and became a mentor to other women getting involved in sailing for the first time. Plus there are all sorts of age groups...not just 60 somethings like me
It goes to your personality I think. I’m sure I get skewered for saying this, understand there is no value judgement just my perception as a sailor and somewhat as a psychologist.
Many cruisers, sailors are loners. Not anti social but would prefer to e perience their sailing singularly. They don’t mind long periods of time by themselves, or with their boat and significant other. Another group are joiners, who cruise in rally’s. And in groups. Many weekend sailors like going by themselves also. Maybe this is why there seems to be less and less sailors .
In order to attract sailors to the sports, pastime , or whTever you want to call it, maybe attracting more younger sailors would be the social part. SN is social media. We have met sailors on here we get together with. We have a family we are good friends with.
In a way it’s a “club” . I sponsored a rondevous at our yacht club for 6 years running which attracted 30-60 couples. I think Rob Gallagher did the same in LI. Some of the manufactures have rondevous every yeR ( Bristol, Tartan, C&C , Sabre) .
The people who are social and in clubs tend to “pay it forward” to other sailors. Again no value judgement.
Older sailors by nature are older sailors and I have found many are “trapped” in old ways. The lucky thing I have had is a job where I am surrounded by younger people. They have different views and drivers. They may not have experienced what I have , however they are the future. It’s one of my fears of retiring, not being influenced by the younger generations.
Take me out back and shoot me if that happens. Last thing I want to become is that old single minded curmudgeon.