Growing up we had a small sunfish sailboat that I taught myself how to sail on. Started out sailing with my fathers lawyer on his boat, then just rigged the boat myself one day and took off. Did that all though highschool taking friends out for good times. Since then I have only had the opportunity to sail on vacations and at resorts that have smaller sailboats.
I learned to sail by going through the school of "hard knocks" - broke a keel on a sandbar in the middle of the night, rebuilt it myself, broke a rudder beaching the boat one time. I don't always know what to do, but I definately know what no to do.
Sailed a Catamaran last Summer for several days between the Pitons in St. Lucia.
Physical condition: I would say that I am in top physical condition, swim at least a mile 5 days a week, feel confident in saying I can run with just about anyone.
I'm also a professional whitewater kayaker, paddle for Team Eskimo of Germany on the US Team. Been around water, ropes, and the outdoor elements since I was in 1st grade. Age 30. If you are on facebook you can friend me, Ben Friberg in Chattanooga TN and see lots of pictures of my adventerous lifestyle.