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Too fat?

I'm interested in learning to sail, but suspect I may be too heavy at present (23.5 stone/6'1"/male). I'm not completely sedentary but still pretty unfit. Not a bad swimmer, though.

I'm in the process of losing weight (I maxed out at 27st), but it's not a quick process. I have a number of landmarks ahead of me - scuba diving at 20st, 18st for race car driving, 15st for parachute jumps. Where does sailing lie?

Any advice appreciated!
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Oh, in American: 23.5st is 329lb. Pretty hefty.
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That's pretty hefty, blue. How well do you carry your weight? In sailing it is pretty common to have to move around and accomplish various physical tasks: standing from a seated position (up and down countless times), walking on a tilted deck to the mast, etc. etc.

Sailing takes coordination and balance, if you've got that you're in.


who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little
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I've got a buddy your size that runs a sailing school in Florida.
Like he says....when its time to go up the mast...its not going to be him!

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Go for it dude. Just pick the right boat and have some mates with you to work the deck if need be until you get the hang of it. Good to see you with the fire to get active. You'll love sailing.
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Actually, I bet a racer would love to have you!!! Rail meat... but at least you could start getting experience along the way!

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where do you live???

Like Portugal???

Can you move from one side to ther other of a heeling boat???

Can you take aggravation, insult, and personal offense??

I Offer bed, food and laundry and 100 euros a month....
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You just need a "fat" boat like Giu's!

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You just need a "fat" boat like Giu's!
At least I HAVE a boat!!!!!!
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Oh, in American: 23.5st is 329lb. Pretty hefty.
bk...
Thank goodness those aren't Chinese stones!!!
Coming from another overweight sailor, best wishes for both the reduction program and the introduction to sailing!!!
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