We had the privilege of catching up with world-renowned sailor Peter Isler to get his thoughts on the state of sailing and racing today:
Isler: My opinion has always been that [club racing] is certainly a foundation of sailboat racing and the way to keep it healthy is to emphasize the social aspects of the sport. I think the reason people get into sailing and stay in sailing is more than just getting out on the water, being one with nature and doing all the fun things on the boat – it’s also the people.
Part of the changes in sailing are due to the changes in our society and how people choose to allot their free time. In my mind, I think part of it is, that there’s been more separation within youth sailing and adult sailing – meaning there’s fewer times when the kids and adults sail with each other and against each other. Something in my gut says that’s not a good thing.