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I'm a young 68 and my bride of 46 years is a child of 65. We still sail offshore whenever possible.
Whenever I feel old, I call my old sailing friend Gene, he's going on 92. A few years ago, he decided he was too old to single hand anymore, so he donated his Bristol 29.9 to the Corpus Christi Sea Scouts, with the understanding that they will take him sailing from time to time.
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Just started my 65th year, having bought my 1st boat last year. I sail wth friends as often as possible in the BVI's, and on the lake most of the summer.. I've found that living "light" (sold the house) is liberating, and now I'm trying to figure out how to live the winter months and not have an apartment. Still not completely free.... Any ideas you can share?

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Count me in the senior group. I try not to act it but I'm 64. My knees feel the years but that's all, still young at heart.

I'm reminded of a Rotary Luncheon several years ago when a fellow announced he was "happy" to be celebrating his 90th birthday. He went on to say that if you wonder who would be happy to be 90 ... it's someone that was 89 yesterday.

Love of life and sailing keep me young, well that and a good wife.

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Hmm, let's see here.. If you are in your 60's, that put's you at my age now (roughly speaking I guess) back in the 80's. You guys are lucky!

I remember the 80's very well and with a lot of vivid detail, but from a kids/teens perspective of course. It must have been great to be in your 30's during the 80's. I am 38 now, and I feel cheated that this is the era I get to be this age at. It's not all horrible these days of course, you get free refills on sodas now and all, but...

How was cruising back then compared to now? Which of you here we sailing in the 80's?

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62 in just sixteen days... as so many here, my knees too are somewhat lacking in their abilities. But what they lack my desire for sailing more than makes up. And there are so many gunkholes to yet explore on The Chesapeake Bay.
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How was cruising back then compared to now? Which of you here we sailing in the 80's?
I started sailing in the early 70's. I used to go to the Bahamas with friends or by myself on my sailboat. Back then, you cleared into the country for $10. You could go days in the northern Abacos and see nobody. I don't know if it is still like that since it has been awhile since I was last there. Nevertheless, we always had fun.

The BVI's were a much different place back in the 80's. The Bitter End Yacht Club was the only place you could find a mooring ball and it cost $10 per night. All the BEYC had on shore was a restaurant back then.

There were no other mooring balls anywhere and few beach bars. The Soggy Dollar was not even a glint in some future owner's eye, but Foxy's was there. It was a ramshackle place (no restaurant) where you got a drink and talked to Foxy in between his singing a few bars. I alway liked to look at the pictures and notes left at Foxy's by the likes of Walter Cronkite and Jimmy Buffett.

Anchorages were always interesting. You got in early - just like you do today. However, not like today, you tried to engineer it so no one would try to anchor near you. One of the reasons there are mooring balls today can be traced back to the poor anchoring skills of so many charterers back then. It was a great source of amusement.

I'll be 65 in a few years. If my health holds out, I am going to buy a sailboat. By then it will have been thirty years since I sold my last boat. Even though I continued to sail by doing deliveries for a living and serving as a charter boat captain, sailing your own boat on your own schedule can't be beat.

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64 and just flew the spinnacker yesterday

Had a great day out on Saturday sailed around 35 miles on westernport bay and myself and the son who is 17 got brave enough to fly the kite for the first time ( had the boat for 3 years)
What a rush but did get the heart rate up a bit so that bit still works

never been on a boat with the kite up before so had to try it for once

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I'm a 68 year old "re-entry" sailor. Got back into the sport a few years ago after 15 years without a boat. I always missed having a sailboat and thought it would be a good balance to my deep passion for motorcycling.

I was infected with the "motorcycle disease" at 14, when my friend let me ride his scooter (Zundap Bella.) Inspite of falling 10 minutes into the ride and hurting my hand, the motorcycle infection had begun and it remains today. I've been a daily rider since 1977 and have always perfered light, good handling, powerful sport bikes. I also keep a track bike for track days, it's been too long (a little over a year) since my last track day but I'm getting ready to dust off the old girl and have another romp this spring.

I also ride off-road and was busy this weekend helping with the layout of our big ride the end of this month. Saturday I rode 85 miles of rough jeep trails and today put in another 65. I ride with guys in their 30's and 40's mostly but there are other old farts like me.

I've really enjoyed having a boat again ........... even thinking about racing.

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