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Do Speed and Danger Attract Spectators?

Offshore powerboat racing remains a male-dominated sport. In the novel and film, “The Descendants,” a female named Elizabeth (“Joanie”) King is also an offshore powerboat racer.  

How easy (or difficult) would it be for a female, like Elizabeth ("Joanie") King, to be part of the offshore powerboat racing world? Explain your answer.

Today's racing powerboats travel extremely fast and attract large crowds of people to watch them run.  What makes this such a popular sport?

Do speed and danger play a role? Why, or why not?


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