Published on April 16th, 2020
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News
For over 20 years, Scuttlebutt has been providing sailing enthusiasts with their daily download of news, and when you report on the sport for that long, spending each day looking at the activity, you see a lot more than race results.
I have three observations when considering the State of the Sport:
• When the cost in time and money to participate exceeds the pleasurable benefit, people seek alternative activities.
• Better isn’t always best, as the natural inclination for improvement slowly eliminates those that choose not to chase the rising bar.
• We are capable of evolving toward extinction.
While our sport is immensely varied, in both the boats we sail and the areas we sail them, and as the USA is equally varied, not everyone’s pros and cons are the same. However, there are several issues that have reach: