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Originally posted by Bootscooter

Make the sailors matter, and the people will connect.


What, a bunch of perceived rich kids doing an elitist sport? I donít see the human interest story there for todayís media

Even Nick Dempseyís sex life had a two day media value before the Daily Mail got bored, and does anyone even remember whether it was Gabriella or Monica Ben was banging?
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Originally posted by Bootscooter

Make the sailors matter, and the people will connect.


What, a bunch of perceived rich kids doing an elitist sport? I donít see the human interest story there for todayís media

Even Nick Dempseyís sex life had a two day media value before the Daily Mail got bored, and does anyone even remember whether it was Gabriella or Monica Ben was banging?


Well there's a better chance of that than exciting them with a foiling boat or kite board, unless there's a lot of crashes of course. I'm with boots here, the modern world feeds on celebrity and unless you make a sailor a celeb then they won't follow it.

Even if you do build the cult of a sailing celeb transmitting that into new recruits will probably fall over at the first hurdle when they meet Brian and Shelia at their local club waving the rya level one booklet at them
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If it's the person and not the event that matters, why are so many of the celebrity sportspeople drawn from such a small minority of sports and why are the top people from so many extreme sports overlooked?

ESPN does an annual ranking of sportspeople using their Google Trend score, their social media following, and their endorsement pay. Twenty of the top 100 came from football; thirteen from basketball; 11 from golf; ten from tennis; 8 from American football; and 20 from all other sports.

Surely it can't be that people from three sports make up almost half of the fascinating personalities out of all the worlds 500 or so recognised sports. It seems hard to imagine that golfers are such amazing, fascinating, scintillating human beings that they have earned their high profile from their personalities alone and that the event doesn't matter.

The other thing is the almost complete absence from that list of "extreme" sportspeople. A look a the list shows not a single one of the lunatics who charge into 65 foot waves on surfboards. There's not a single motorcycle racer, nor any singlehanded round the world racers, no ski jumpers, no extreme skiers, no mountain climbers, no base jumpers, no cliff divers, no wingsuit flyers, no volcano surfers, no kitesurfers. Surely all those people cannot be so dull that they are being overlooked because they are boring?

The vast majority of the biggest celebrities in sport do something that just about all of us could do this afternoon, very close to home. The extreme crash-and-burn sports don't attract many participants and they don't create many major celebrities. 

There's no apparent evidence that says that anyone will get into sailing because of seeing foilers crashing. There is a lot of evidence, from computer game designs to academic studies of sports participation to studies about the public perception of sailing, that says it will turn people off. Why keep on ignoring the evidence?
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