Originally Posted by Allio
sailing week recently, and the video exclusively showed the million dollar boats, abercrombie and fitch sporting clientele...
I was at the Antigua
Sailing Week and apart from some who wore polo shirts just about everyone wore T-shirts even to the evening events
. Of the sailing fleet only 20 or so were big and very expensive racing
boats partially filled with professional crew, the majority were charter
boats crewed by mere mortals. If you watched a commercial
video then they will have concentrated on the biggest and slickest boats, since that is the image they are trying for when selling the footage to sports shows.
I only got to see the big racing
boats during the races, as I was volunteering on one of the start/finish line boats and we worked the 'big boys', but even there most of the people aboard were just normal sailors having a fun for a week.
(I put together a slideshow of some of the photos I took at Antigua Sailing Week 2013 Slideshow - YouTube
which perhaps that shows a bit different view of the regatta
than the professional videos)
But it remains that in order to participate in the Regatta
one still needs to get a week off work, then fly to Antigua, share in the charter
with the rest of the crew and then also find lodging. This isn't going to be cheap
and thus it limits the participants.
Once on shore there is definately NO distinction between sailors from the bareboat
fleet and those from megayachts - we all belly up to the bar and exchange tall tales about the day's events