Agree or Disagree?

Published on April 29th, 2020

In the early 1800s, the cask containing a ship’s daily supply of freshwater was called a scuttlebutt, and it was there where seafarers discussed the topics of the day. That tradition continues today….

Scuttlebutt editor:
“I’m confused when an Olympic campaigner says they are retiring. Retiring from what? There is no need to retire from sailing, but perhaps there is a need to redirect a person’s sailing interest. If they are truly retiring, and quitting the sport, was their approach faulty? People succeed when they first have a love before they have a determination. It would be a shame to burn out from what can be a lifetime activity.”

Italian sailing advocate:
“Exactly. Sailing for the kids should be first love for the sea, the water, the discovery of their limit. Then winning races. All the junior programs are focused on finding winning coaches and most of them don’t know anything about psychology or didactic methods. I didn’t have a coach and I still love sailing. The majority of the sailors now are from my generation or older. When the sailing federations and the clubs introduced competitive junior sailing programs, they destroyed the passion of the young sailors for our sport.”

Do you agree or disagree?

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