Held just outside Tampa earlier this month, the US Sailing Leadership Forum was better than the vast majority of these things for one major reason: The attending members and presenters seem to have finally realized that there simply aren’t enough privileged white people to keep the sport of sailing alive in America for any real length of time.
The answer, it seems, is to support the real drivers who are creating future boat owners and crews, and driving the message towards the ‘nontraditional’ sailing clubs to help change the godawful perception of Americans that sailing is only for Larry Ellison and European royalty.
I had a chance in St. Pete to talk to an inspiring woman we think is the only Black female YC Commodore in America, and Karen Harris is a fascinating chat. She told the interesting history of one of the Midwest’s oldest clubs, addressing the difficulties and successes of the predominantly black Jackson Park Yacht Club in Chicago.
For an interesting look at another inspiring Black female sailor, check out this cool profile of Ayme Sinclair in the mainstream black fashion mag Essence.
And yeah, we’ve used this title before. Shoot us – we’re proud of our love for 80s new wave…
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