Well one of the things that getting a few years under your belt does is to provide reference points for reflection. Sitting on our finger pier not long ago on a nice day that was bringing the boaters out of their winter hibernation, I was struck by the fact that there were no young folks. I know it was a pretty long hiatus from sailing we took but i distinctly remember many people our age then getting into sailing, having dreams of life aboard, etc. I am also sure that like us, many of those folks let sailing sit on the bench while they like us started careers, families, bought homes (in our case a farm, talk about setting ourselves up for work!), but in our case we NEVER let go of the desire to return to sailing. Now that we have I have noticed most of the folks are around our age. They either returned to sailing like us, never left, or are just now in a position to start. I get that, but what i am puzzled by is where are all the young folks like we used to be?
My recollections of the sailing community decades ago was of a more diverse and vibrant community. Folks in the business also report few newcomers, and that we are actually not typical as we are back into it and actually plan to sail. Where is the new generation? A disclaimer is that our marina is sail only and maybe the throb of a powerful motor floats younger folks boats. I know I will hope to pass this love to my son as we have done with snow sports, white water paddling, and the outdoors lifestyle we pursued closer to home in the time away from sailing.
Ok you young bucks, where are ya? You can even use your smart phones to navigate!
Happy Easter all. Truly a day of renewal.