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There will be thousands of Lasers, maybe not sailing, but, like cockroaches, they will inhabit every boat park, garden, hedgerow and garage. Post apocalypse they will be the only dinghy to survive.
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All very dependent on where (1) the global economy goes and (2) what Brexit delivers. Too hard to predict. Right now it doesn't feel good. In 2035, I think dinghy sailing in the UK will have become irrelevant as a proper competitive sport. Far fewer people will have enough money to buy new boats, filtering down to the 2nd hand market, where again people won't be spending their money on boats. I think it will become a niche pastime as it was in the 1930's an 40's. And I don't see anything happening with the "sailing authorities", classes and clubs doing anything much to deal with all that.
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Originally posted by mozzy

  What will dinghy racing be like?  Will we have lost the close combat of slowish one designs (like the Laser) and all be racing skiffs and foilers where one gust takes you half a mile in front of your competitors?


I think when it comes to foilers there are probably more people with misguided business plans for 'people's foilers' than there are potential buyers.  Wink 

The moths will probably carry on at their present level but the market will be littered with yet more stillborn (ridiculously expensive) foiler 'classes'.  Ermm

The sticking point for high performance classes is that a non-sailor today is starting from exactly the same point on the learning curve as in 1960, or 1900, or.... The idea that they'll somehow leapfrog traditional sailing and go straight to a skiff - when no real training pathway exists - doesn't add up.

If anything the sport will have contracted further and participation consolidated on the low performance classes. Whilst that could leave room for a re-imagining and growth in another direction, I suspect that it and many other expensive 'kit' sports will be fading and seen as something of a historical anomaly.


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here’s a thought to raise grf’s spirits...

the campaign for recyclable plastic (and against oil based materials generallyj will mean new boats will have to be made from good old tree-wood.

and sails will be need to be cotton again.
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Will probably mirror last 15 years, hardly any change, PY will still be worth 20 pages.
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Sea levels will continue rise, ice will fall off the mountains, rains will come and floods commonplace as the water table is full.

The 'renewable energies' facade will be replaced by total green power - pedals & wind, 'sold' back to us as something we used to do for pleasure.

Those of us who still have jobs, employment that can't be automated, could well be sailing to work on a network of control-flooded plains, canals, inland rivers, inlets and lakes etc.  Just like Greta the other week, commuting to the UN by sail boat.  I'm not sure all of us will have those Royal connections that boast Grace Kelly as their grandmother, so I'm guessing the solar-powered €4m superyacht won't be the standard issue we can come to expect.

It'll probably be nothing short of some stubby-pedalo creation resembling a Laser Vortex for those of us with a genuine maritime history.  You won't own it, you'll rent it by the hour and hope to hell you're not liable for any osmosis.  At least Daniel Holman might get a half decent royalty deposit from this one...... if he gets in quicksmart now with the patents.

I saw an RS Cat converted into a motor boat the other day- very disruption technology for the pleasure craft industry - if a little Fred's Shed in execution.  It was ferrying tourists around a marina as they took selfies and pretended to eat ice cream for their Instagram following- it at least looked far more functional than its original intended design and would probably give Riki less headaches.

Uber are already investing in pump-up SUPs for Amsterdam - multi-mode transport for the non-binary gender generation. I'm going to draw the line at an eScooter myself.

Hobie have some kind of hybrid boat/bike thing already.... ridiculous craft, choice of blue or yellow. You've heard of the Boris Bike, check out Corbyn Creeper or the Farage Floater.... who knows whicht**t will get in first, we're f**ked either way anyway.



Bottom line, the last thing we will want to do at weekends is to get on a sodding boat or go out on the water.  So Royston Vesey SC and its dwindling fleet of Miracles and Solos will have met their end on a random 5th of November long before 2035.  Probably just after eviction for defaulting their lease as some sorry sod 'Acting Commodore' has a total breakdown. Volunteering is not good for your mental health in 2035, but then we know that already and have done f**k all about it to prepare  the sailing clubs.   As for the members, those left still on the WhatsApp group, guess they should have bought Aeros and encouraged some kids to get involved when they had the chance; but hey, at least they'll have 3D porn in their nursing homes and a steady supply of domestically produced post-Brexit meds to make it viable.

On a positive note, iGRF will still be posting about a new handicap system on the Y&Y forum....  at least until one of the Daughters of Darkness clears out the attic and burns that f**king portrait.  

She'll get her grubby mitts on that inheritance one day....




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By 2035 the very high (by todays values) oil price means that transporting plastic products and raw materials will be prohibitively expensive.
So those die hards who have the time and inclination to sail will be choosing their boats from the diminishing pool of available kit. Nothing new, just second hand.
This end of era down spiral will affect the availability of clothing, boots, gloves, hats, rope, shackles, masts, sails, trolleys, tyres, repair kits.....
Coracles anybody?
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Sailing will look at SUPping, cycling and other sports that are doing well and finally remember that it's not about high-tech extreme speed, but about accessibility and fun. The major "classic" classes, along with some RSs and J yachts, will still do well. The Holt style boats will have failed to update properly and will mostly be fading or gone, sadly. The 420, one of the world's biggest and top-selling classes, may also be fading if it doesn't adapt properly (which IMHO means keeping the same performance but reducing cost and hassle).  Sailing will have replaced them with simpler new "family" boats and that will be helping the whole sport. Foiling and skiffs will still be great niche products, just as really fast cats and skiffs have never become anything more than niche products.

Looking back at that old thread shows that many of the contributors were pretty well on the money - dramatically more accurate in their prognostications than the self-styled gurus who were screeching "foiler foiler foiler" at the date of that thread. When people said there would be little change, they were correct.  But none of us foresaw that in 2019, the top selling sailing classes would be a pair of cheap plastic pop-out RC yachts and an update of the original Windsurfer. Those facts alone - which have been ignored by a sailing industry that is so obsessed with extreme speed that it cannot actually see what is happening in the real world - seem to be very significant.

If tough times are looming, by the way, things like modern consumerism and overseas holidays may collapse. People will look to sports they can do at home, with gear that lasts for eons. Considering how well modern sailing craft last, and how well a '70s boat can be updated, a new austerity could be great for sailing and especially dinghy and board sailing.

I'm in two of the world's three fastest-growing classes and at a tiny club that is growing. It's really not that hard to make the sport grow, a lot of the time. 


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You've been paying to much attention to manipulated 15 year old Swedish girls
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Originally posted by fab100

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You've been paying to much attention to manipulated 15 year old Swedish girls

that sounds genuinely worrying.... 

and of course there was a heavy dose of sarcasm and in-joking in my post. 

Where do I think dinghy sailing the in the UK will be in 2035?

Pretty much the same as it currently is.... a niche activity that will consolidate a bit. 

Whether this is through natural wastage (clubs going bust) or managed attrition (club mergers) could influence the outcome, but I don't think there will be as many sailing clubs active as there currently are today.

I think the boats will largely be a mix of popular singlehanders with a few randoms and legacy class examples that don't really fit for the club, but no one really takes too seriously.
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