Coming into this thread a little late. Regarding the age factor; I see this as no obstacle. I took the week long U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat Course last year at age 68. My instructor was younger than my daughter and was , I believe, impressed with how quickly I could get back on my feet after accidental jibes (little joke). Seriously-As a self taught sailor in small boats over the last 30 years, I never really could sail with confidence. I was strictly a fair weather sailor. (12 knot wind? Stay ashore) The cost of a sailing school, I believe, will put you on the water more often and with more self assurance. The more experienced sailors here will likely chuckle at my naivete, but I had to volunteer my thoughts.
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