Only the fittest will survive

Magnus Wheatley picks up on one of our favourite topics, of once magical sailing clubs denying how people’s approaches to leisure time have now fundamentally changed – especially among teenagers – then wondering why they are brushing away the tumbleweed while the club is steadily going broke

There’s an uncomfortable feeling that in the UK and other sailing nations, sailing clubs of every kind are struggling. Participation numbers are down and it’s one heck of a conundrum to solve in a sport polarised by performance.

Show any vague interest in sailing online, particularly on social media, and suddenly your timeline is filled with highperformance yachting at the extremes. But down at the grass roots it’s a very different scene with a high cost of entry even for the most basic of boats.

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