Then there are the ones like Ronnie Simpson, Ken Barnes, and David Vann, who are relatively young, inexperienced, foolish and/or stupid, that go out there and end up making people risk their lives to pull their petards out of a sling much of their own making.
It really is more a case of competency, rather than age. The competency to sail includes overall physical health, since it does require some strength, agility and stamina to sail a boat, especially singlehanded, for any long distance. However, sailing, as pointed out previously, is not purely a physical sport. The more experienced sailors can often get away with things that less experienced sailors might not, since they've learned a few things along the way. Old doesn't mean weak or experienced, just as young doesn't mean inexperienced or strong--it depends a lot on the individual.
The exact reason I didn't want to post this topic. People getting very defensive about it.
Almost all the people here will post about how they hate it when others force the coast guard to risk their lives saving someone who may have got caught out in bad weather that they can't handle. They'll be the first to shoot off how they should've checked forecasts. Same folks say "when I'm too old, I'll just sail to my death". Will you select few first turn off your VHF as to not make a mayday call to the coasties? Putting their lives at risk to save yours?
Please don't take this as an arrogant 20 something statement (as most of you already have), I was curious about how some of you felt and thought I could get answers back w/o pissing anyone off.
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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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