My friend's father-in-law is pushing 65 and sails Lasers at an international level and runs marathons...
Also, Minoru Saito is a Japanese sailor who has made over 260,000 miles of voyages under sail, and is prepping for an eight circumnavigation, which he plans to start this October, and he'll be 75 at the time.
Being old is more a state of mind IMHO than anything else.
I personally feel that the older we get the more sense learning on a medium size boat make more sense..Old farts like myself would be hurt faster in a small very maneuverable learning platform then one of 30'...I just cant react that fast or duck and switch high sides that fast ( or low.. )anymore..
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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