Sail and Sweep Volume 4, No. 1

Sail and Sweep Volume 4, No. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...of affairs when our sport is chiefly represented by an ill assorted fleet of craft of all sizes and types sailing matches in which the various competitors are separated by wide intervals at the finish. So much for the present position. Now let us endeavor to discover the cause of this decadence. The reason for this decline in class racing is not far to seek. It is simply a matter of expense. England has been experiencing a period of financial depression ever since the outbreak of war in the Transvaal from the effects of which we are only just beginning to recover. Now, when trade is bad and money tight it is only natural that a man's first step in the way of retrenchment should be in the direction of sport. Such a period of commercial depression affects not only the business man but all classes of society, for whilst dividends shrink away taxes show a tendency to increase. Consequently there are very few yachtsmen in a position to put down a large sum of money for the building of a new yacht; indeed, many have been unable even to fit out their old craft and some of our speediest yachts have thus been compelled to lie idle in the builders' yards. In the meantime, the expenses of yacht racing have steadily increased, for not only is the cost of construction higher than of yore, but the working expenses are ever on the upward grade. If yacht racing is to return to its pristine glory it is obvious that some stringent measures must be taken to reduce the cost of the pastime to a reasonable level. We naturally turn to the chief governing body to institute the necessary reform, but the Yacht Racing Association has proved but a slender reed on which to rely. The council certainly appointed a sub-committee early in the year to inquire more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236854454
  • 9781236854452