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I would love to know when (in the UK) these boats with lids actually sail. All I ever see are increasing large marinas with ever more inactive boats. I am sure they may do the odd big race or occasion week but actual participation I am suspicious about.

Big boats with lids sail all over the place, Holyhead Yacht Club is not a large Solent based club but they get half a dozen or more 30'+ boats out on a weekend or summer Wednesday night. I'd guess the same happens in the North West/North Wales, Caernarfon, Abersoch, Barmouth, Liverpool, Fleetwood and many other places around the country. Some dinghy clubs can't get that many out in a single fleet.

I stand corrected but something I have never seen, I must be wrong place at wrong time. Probably blinkered glasses of die in the wool dinghy sailor. 
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I am sure they race at Rutland water and Carsington.
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Granted people race yachts both country and worldwide.

Is it an Olympic event though? 

To my mind absolutely not, for reasons of expense and accessibility. 

Olympic endeavour may well be about attaining elite standards but the events should come from a place available to the wider populace.




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If the boats are going to be supplied at all International events then the cost of ownership for the individual crews will be considerably reduced. No need to own multiple boats so one can be in transit somewhere and so on. Fewer sails to buy. No doubt there will be hefty charter fees though unless loads of sponsorship can be found, but my understanding is that buying boats isn't one of the biggest items in an Olympic campaign budget.
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You still need a relatively expensive boat to train with and for the training to be meaningful other boats of a similar standard to train and race against. Not cheap or inclusive. 
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These guys seam up for it


Olympic medals for the middle aged middle class 



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There isn't a problem with expensive sports in Olympics, no sport dearer than show jumping, issue caused by World sailings muddled messages.
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From a terrible click bate website 
 
Not sure how reliable 

Shooting (approximately $700,000 to $1.5 million a year)

Professional shooters average anywhere between 500-1,000 rounds a day at $16 per 25 shots for targets and ammunition, according to Kim Rhode, who holds the world-record for winning five consecutive medals. That comes to $5,000-7,000 a day in full training. A gun can cost anywhere between $6,000 to $300,000. Rhode spent between $20,000-$30,000 on her custom gun.
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Would be surprised if they pay for shells, targets or guns, they will be paid by Eley or whoever.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Dec 19 at 10:01pm
I would agree with anyone who says that Olympic engagement in any sport is very expensive.

My point and opinion is that I like to think of Olympic sports as being accessible to most as grass roots level.
   
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