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I don't see it as the case on the Chesapeake where I boat. Even in winter there are boats sailing. Quite a few hardy folks who are members of this forum enjoy bay day sailing in the winter.
I agree with Donna. Not only are we out in all kinds of crazy weather, we're also out in smaller and larger boats alike.
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I think that digital media about sailing will help. Maybe a year and a half ago I saw the documentary Maiden Trip on Netflix. I thought "Holy ****, I want to do that." A while later I was on meetup.com and my local yacht club (which I didn't know existed) offered a beginner's course for $75. I jumped on it. I found sv Delos and La Vagabond, etc along the way. A year later I'm just about to embark on my first crew position. Sailing for a month and getting some blue water experience.

Note: I'm a 33yo old male, never married, no wife, kids, or debt. That makes it easier but we all have to live with our choices.
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I live on a large (600 miles of shoreline) lake. 157 homes in my neighborhood that has it's own marina. Lots of young families. 4 sailboats in our marina. All owned by people over 50. They young families all have pontoons, ski boats, bowriders. They have no interest in sailing.
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I think that digital media about sailing will help. Maybe a year and a half ago I saw the documentary Maiden Trip on Netflix. I thought "Holy ****, I want to do that."
Honestly, I think ANY media exposure would help. Even as someone who loves sailing and has been a boat owner for a couple of decades now, I feel like sailing has almost zero public profile in American life (can't speak to other countries). Even with major events like America's Cup I feel like you almost have to look to find the coverage or articles. The activity just doesn't register for most people. Even people like me who are attuned to stories or shows/movies involving sailing, I feel one rarely sees anything in the media good or bad.

I saw Maidentrip on Netflix too and it really helped rekindle a dormant interest in sailing for me, right around the time I got my current boat. It's funny because I remember hearing about Dekker and her circumnavigation and the controversy over it before she'd done it, and thinking "this is the stupidest stunt ever" and assuming she was getting pushed by fame whore "type A sports Dad" parents.

Watching the film gave me much more a sense of the person, her family and her background and philosophy with respect to sailing and it gave me a lot more respect and appreciation for her and what she did. Even though it's still crazy, as any solo circumnav kind of is whether it's done by a 14 year old or a 40 year old.
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Maybe we need some heroes. French sure have a bunch. Sailing followed by non racers and even with the big races by non sailors.

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Maybe we need some heroes. French sure have a bunch. Sailing followed by non racers and even with the big races by non sailors.
Like the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, all of our ancestors sailed here, then gave up the sport and stayed.


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I'm in my 30s and sometimes get quizzical looks from friends when I mention that we own a sailboat. I'm pretty sure that many people my age associate sailing with the traditional yacht club image which is not exactly alluring to my generation.

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I'm in my 30s and sometimes get quizzical looks from friends when I mention that we own a sailboat. I'm pretty sure that many people my age associate sailing with the traditional yacht club image which is not exactly alluring to my generation.

As wth everything, it depends. It depends on where you live. It depends on whom you associate with. It depends on your income bracket. When I lived on south shore Ontario, there were lots of sailors. When I lived in the Midwest there were none. Here in Maine and coastal NE there are tons with new ones joining every year. My brother in law is early 30s and he and many of his friends sail.
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To many people who went to the movies just recently the movie 'All is Lost' perhaps put some fear into what would have been new recruits to sailing... Seeing the danger and fears instilled in that movie (although to seasoned sailors the movie was bogus) put off many from joining the sailing call.

Perhaps there will be another movie made opening across the country like 'Wind' that showed the fun, excitement, losing/winning America's Cup that brings sailing back into the mainstream?
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I'm in my 30s and sometimes get quizzical looks from friends when I mention that we own a sailboat. I'm pretty sure that many people my age associate sailing with the traditional yacht club image which is not exactly alluring to my generation.

So which one is you? What's up with the guy who forgot his pants? Looks like he is in boxer shorts....

Lots of low budget to full on budget sailboats where I am, even though it is an expensive marina. Small 20 foot to 50 + foot ones, heck we even had the America here a week ago, not that I would call that one "low budget!"

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