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Does cruising keep you young?

Had a beer with a couple of cruisers who were both celebrating birthdays. One was 72 and the other 78. After getting to Cape Town, both will be sailing to Europe, one via the Caribbean, the other directly. The older gentleman and his wife, who have been cruising full time for 16 years are going to spend the summer in Ireland and Scotland, leave the boat (Camper Nicholson 48) in the Netherlands for the winter and go back in spring 2014 to go through the canals to the Black Sea before sailing back to the Americas in late 2015. He will be 81 then. They will be looking for a smaller boat to use when they return to Lake Ontario. I was and am impressed.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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