Old and Experienced
From the book Saving Sailing by Nicholas Hayes. Short but compelling. Order up to get a copy.
The online excerpt of Saving Sailing cites some basic age demographics of U.S. sailors. The book will offer many more statistics and trends about sailing and free time, and of course, how and why we might Save Sailing in the future. In the meantime, here is a simple tidbit that tells a lot about the current state of sailing affairs. Among almost 1200 sailors interviewed, 59% said that they have over 20 years of experience and call themselves experts (I see no reason to deny their claims — if you believe that years of practice count for something).
The downside? Where are the newcomers and why don’t they seem to stick around? Given all this experience, you’d think we’d be doing a better job passing it on. Note: Given the large size of this sample, we can be 95% confident that the data is representative, with less than a 3% margin of error. Comments?