Sailing isn’t a sport

August 16, 2012 § 16 Comments

Sailing isn't a sport

Look it up. According to my dictionary, a sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” And while many sailors I know will say that they enjoy racing sailboats, sailing is so much more than just a lowly sport.

When was the last time you saw tennis played in a pelting, thundering rain squall?

Sailors do it all the time.

When was the last time a basketball player studied emergency and rescue procedures to keep fellow teammates safe and secure?

When was the last time you saw soccer players standing by quietly for hours and sometimes days, waiting for mother nature to join the game?

When was the last time you saw a hockey player invite grandma onto the ice?

When was the last time you saw a quarterback use a star to navigate, the moon to light the field, or pause to gaze upon the aurora borealis during a game?

When was the last time you saw a sprinter stay on the field for hours and hours after the race just to be on the field?

And when was the last time you heard any of these sports-people say that they would play to the very end?

Sailors do it all the time.

No, sailing isn’t a sport. Sport should be so lucky.

– Nicholas Hayes, 2012

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§ 16 Responses to Sailing isn’t a sport

  • Jim Bolland says:

    A simply beautiful ‘heads-up’ to all sailors. Appreciate what you are involved in. Sailing is wonderful!

  • Chip Croft says:

    Yet when was the last time you saw one of those intrepid sailors black or Latino? (Bet you had a white person visualized in your head when you were thinking about this.) In Africa and the Caribbean, yes, but not in the US. Until sailing becomes more PROACTIVE in including non-whites it will always be a minor sport with no growth. Look what Tiger Woods and Serena and Venus did for their sports. They massively increased their popularity. Where are their counterparts in sailing? Look at all the main sports in the US. they are wonderfully diverse. Now look at sailing. Look around the next sailboat show and see how white the crowd. Sailing is a dead sport until it catches up in including the rest of the athletes in the US and it is a long way from it.

    • Charley Mc Bride says:

      You should look up the Brad Johnson, a US Paralympic Team Sailor in the Sonar Class, You may or may not be pleasantly surprised. Based on your logic, the Winter Games should cease to exist.

    • ndhayes says:

      Milwaukee Community Sailing Center Prams in the Park

      It’s not what you see that determines the future, it’s what you do.

  • Stanton Murray says:

    Wikipedia: …sailing is enjoyed as a recreational activity or as a sport…

    Those of us that enjoy racing sailboats need to realize that most sailors enjoy the recreational activity and are not interested in the sport of racing. From children to adults “we” tend to push the sport aspect and ignore the recreation.

  • Really enjoy this . . . I’ve raced, cruised, and just sailed for fun. So many times when a “new” person comes out for the day, we try to push them into racing. I know our club has ended up pushing a few people away because of this. We now try much harder to let people define “sailing” in their own terms, and enjoy it however THEY want to.

  • James says:

    How often do you see minorities near the ocean or even trying to get involved. They have just as much opportunity to get involved and yet they choose to play other sports. Don’t bring racism into the discussion.

  • maverick256 says:

    Enjoy your sailing in whatever way you like ,and do NOT bring race or
    any thing else into our free way of life

  • sailer says:

    sailing is with out a doubt a sport. it involves heavy exercise and team work there are also events when people compete against each other for fun. i hate you so much

  • SailorGirl says:

    I hate to involve myself in this small minded debate about race and minorities but if you have 2 eyes there is no such thing as a minority anymore. Minorities do not exist there are s many black, white, yellow and purple people on the face of this earth. Barriers are the problem. So many people think the sport or recreational idea is sailing is expensive…well it can be. However, many clubs have open house events and try it days. Or offer associate or crewing memberships. Availability, if you can find the time to sit on the couch and watch TV you have the time to visit your local water way and inquire about access to the water.

    Sailing IS a sport or it IS a past time however we see it we must encourage everyone to take interest and show direction to the next steps of getting on the water! Longevity people longevity.

  • Gracie says:

    I do sailing and it is a sport. I know that for a fact because I do it. It involves getting a work out and a sport. None of you guys no anything about sailing.

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