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Those of us North of 50, 60, or 70, and in good health have the same rights to enjoy sailing as the young whipper-snappers do. In fact we enjoy it more because we have more time to go sailing...
This is from someone who is Semi_retired.
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Please forgive me, as I may offend some people here. I ask that you don't get upset or defensive...
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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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No kidding! bunch of crotchety old guys in here aren't there! j/k
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Watch your tone, you arrogant 20 something whipper-snapper!!
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.....I was curious about how some of you felt and thought I could get answers back w/o pissing anyone off.
I think you got the answers you asked for.. and I don't think anyone is actually annoyed or offended.

When to hang it up? when you can't do it safely anymore.. that's it. Unless for some reason you no longer enjoy it. So age all by itself doesn't even enter into it.

A 30 something with a debilitating condition probably shouldn't be out there on their own either. And even then with help they might continue.
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I attended a seminar last year. The principal speaker was an older man who has raced and cruised across the Atlantic and elsewhere many times. He mentioned that he has a heart condition. He told us he was preparing for another Atlantic crossing.
This sounds a lot like John K the author of "Sailing Grace".
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I have to turn the VHF off on weekends anyway because the traffic from "beginners" who don't know radio procedure while screaming for help is annoying.
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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.

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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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