Nick Hayes, author of Saving Sailing, states that, "Olympic sailing success depends on a robust inter-generational recreational sailing population. Period. These data confirm it."
"If you compare the number of recreational sailors in the US to the number of medals earned per recreational sailor, you learn that one short generation (15-25 years) after sailing was at its peak popularity in the US, the US was fielding its most talented Olympic sailing teams. Soon after sailing began to fall in popularity, we began to perform more inconsistently, and eventually, we struggled to represent in international competition."