There are two ways to participate with problems.  1. Be part of the problem.  2. Be part of the solution.  Building sailing is simple; if you want sailing to grow, act locally.

A quick google search of Chicago sailing reveals that that Chicago has:

  • Six sail lofts
  • Ten dealers
  • Seventeen sailing/yacht clubs
  • Eleven places to learn to sail
  • At least two racing associations beyond the club racing

Additionally:

  • Over 150 clubs are located within a few hundred miles of downtown Chicago
  • Many sailing schools and community sailing programs just outside of Chicago.
  • A third of the companies that participate in the seminar series are local which greatly contributes to its strength as the best education program anywhere
  • The Mac Race is the largest offshore race in the country.

Few other places in this country sport so much access to sailboats.  As boat show debriefs take place, be sure to consider the following questions:

  • How many markets offer as much as the Chicago area?
  • What are you doing to build sailing locally?
  • What else can you do?

Yes, the market has changed. But sailors are smart, innovative, and inventive.  What forward-looking ideas have you implemented?

Fair Winds,

Patty