When even your critics begin using your words, you know you’ve inspired real change. – T. Kent, Solo circumnavigator, Father of sailing teens.
A superb piece of writing. — Skip Novak, Skipper of Pelagic Expeditions, two Whitbreads, and a Father of two
The most important and talked about book on sailing in a decade.” — Sail columnist Kimball Livingston, Author of Sailing the Bay
Eureka! Why didn’t I think of that? — William Schanen III, Publisher, Sailing Magazine
Saving Sailing isn’t just about sailing; it’s a metaphor. This book asks us to examine our lives. — Jennifer Kaufman, Third Coast Digest
Saving Sailing is a provocative argument and action plan – appealling to sailors everywhere – for the revival of family sailing . . . and quality uses of free time for rewarding intergenerational pastimes, lifelong hobbies, and free-time pursuits.
Participation in sailing is declining in America, down more than 40% since 1997 and 70% since 1979. In this wide-ranging 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 less rewarding forms 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 to seek quality experiences with families and friends through lifelong pastimes like sailing.
The main challenge, he suggests, is to develop an active system of mentoring, especially between generations. The book offers helpful suggestions for how we might rethink our own priorities.
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.