Saving Sailing - The Story of Choices, Families, Time Commitments, and How We Can Create a Better Future

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9781933987071: Saving Sailing - The Story of Choices, Families, Time Commitments, and How We Can Create a Better Future

Saving Sailing is an appealing blueprint for the revival of family sailing -- and other quality uses of free time for rewarding lifelong pastimes.

Participation in sailing is declining in America, down more than 40% since 1997 and 70% since 1979. In this provocative book, researcher and avid sailor Nicholas Hayes explains why. The book shows how pressures on free time have increased, and how, in response, many Americans have turned to extremes of spectator or highly structured activities . . . and away from lifelong, family-based, multi-generational recreation.

Saving Sailing builds a case for choosing how to spend free time better, using it for quality experiences with families and friends through rewarding pastimes like sailing.

The main challenge, the author suggests, is to develop an active system of mentoring, especially between generations.

The lessons are broader than sailing, with useful ideas for all parents, for anyone seeking to strengthen the social fabric of American communities, and for those involved in programming for youth and adult activities.

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About the Author:

Nick Hayes is a market researcher and partner at the consulting firm FiveTwelve Group, and is active in the Milwaukee sailing scene. He has studied sailing, sailors, and sailing clubs for years, and interviewed over 1,200 sailors worldwide since 2003 for this book.

He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Why isn't sailing the most irresistible pastime in the world?

Participation in sailing in the United States has declined by about 40% in the last decade. Trying to make sense of that resulted in this book, a fast-moving intellectual voyage that takes readers to some unexpected stops along the way but ends in a place that is familiar and intuitively right.

Nick Hayes guides us to a conclusion that floats on a buoyant platform of instantly recognizable common sense and leaves us wanting to go sailing with friends . . . right now. --Bill Schanen, Editor & Publisher, Sailing Magazine

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