So the Games have started, some are winning, most are loosing. Billy Besson with his bad back gets to his Nacra on a wheel chair. Santiago Lange after his cancer is third overall… Lots of stories and emotions, though the big quetion that I ask you, my beloved two ot three passionate readers, is: do you like this kind of sailing, would you like to see some changes? What would you think sailing has to do to increase the broadbase, those who love it, to attract youth to the challenge to race at sea?

Laser extreme sailing today at Copacabana. Photo Sailing Energy

Laser extreme sailing today at Copacabana. Photo Sailing Energy

Ioannis MItakis. Photo Sailing Energy

Ioannis MItakis. Photo Sailing Energy

Surely today the Finns and the Lasers with huge waves and strong winds were a real challenge, but is this type of challenge that can attract youngsters to sailing? Or is sailing like any other sport loosing ground because the internet disease is making all lazy, because the youth of today is changing and does not need to proove that they are worth something, that they are better, but want to experience adrenaline as something special that makes them feel alive. Is adrenalinic extreme sport teaching the same values: discipline, learning about your own emotions, about the deep motivations that pushes you to excellence? How much is the narcisistic part of having a beautiful body a motivation to today’s sport? Is actually competing for the pleasure of it still modern, or is sport just a way to earn money and have through money access to the pleasures of the gods?

Photo Jean-Christophe destailleur

Photo Jean-Christophe destailleur

Icons like Usain Bolt surely work in terms of selling shoes and sport clothing, but with their kind of supernatural aspect and performance are they a valid role model? Or just another push towards a set of unreal values, kind of like the ultra skinny top models so we have the ultra muscled sprinter, both not really easy examples to follow without going into fairly unhealthy habits. Doping is the short cut to a supposed athletic looking body, doping used by many just to adhere to unreal beauty and estetical models, the doping with deeply fight and hate, though fashion among women here in Brasil to get a nice looking bunda, and so are we going towards a schizzoid future, towards unreal role model or can we accept what we have and are and try to make it better?