Despite being surrounded by water, sailing is not a dominant activity in the Bahamas…yet. In this report by Diane Phillips in The Tribune, the wind may be shifting:
There are some sports that only the wealthy will ever be able to afford, like polo. Despite polo’s best efforts to convince a dubious public that it is not just the sport of kings, the reality is that with a team switching horses several times during a single match and each horse running what Forbes estimates to be $45,000 not to mention the costs of the athlete riding it, polo is never going to be everyman’s sport.
But the field around other sports once considered elitist is changing and in The Bahamas you do not have to look very far to see and applaud the changes.
In tennis and in sailing, the playing field is levelling rapidly as coaches and instructors reach deeper into the inner city to find talent and students respond. You can see it any Thursday afternoon at Montagu or race weekends, the changes right before your eyes. What you can’t see is the impact those changes are making on young people’s lives.
Those young sailors are not just getting better at reading the wind. They are maturing, learning sportsmanship and gaining self-confidence. Those young tennis players are not just getting better at thwacking a ball back