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02-27-2008 03:29 PM
SimonV This is a great book and an enjoyable read with good cartoons.
02-27-2008 12:25 PM
tarboy Coming into this thread a little late. Regarding the age factor; I see this as no obstacle. I took the week long U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat Course last year at age 68. My instructor was younger than my daughter and was , I believe, impressed with how quickly I could get back on my feet after accidental jibes (little joke). Seriously-As a self taught sailor in small boats over the last 30 years, I never really could sail with confidence. I was strictly a fair weather sailor. (12 knot wind? Stay ashore) The cost of a sailing school, I believe, will put you on the water more often and with more self assurance. The more experienced sailors here will likely chuckle at my naivete, but I had to volunteer my thoughts.
Bill
02-27-2008 10:04 AM
TejasSailer For another book recommendation, you might want to consider "The Handbook of Sailing" by Bob Bond.
02-27-2008 05:08 AM
artbyjody
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I was making an average statement of fact..That as we get older we lose some mobility, thats all...For me it is quite a bit actually and I should preface my statements maybe a little better...I dont know what it is really like to be a normal 50 year old..I have stoved up a little earlier then most..

You have to admit your examples are more rarities then the norm to say the least...I can also list out a few admirable examples of rarity in the opposite direction also having little value as to the average young person... We know the family of a young 12 year girl who climbed Mt. Mckinley ( Denali )...most 12 year old girls I know can barely do a few push ups or carry much of anything up a 8 foot ladder..

Unless I'm obviously goofing around.. I always try to voice something that may help , encourage or offer another opinion that has worked or helped me to someone... not just a knee-jerk statement...If I have offended your youthful mobility at age it was not my intention believe me. I wish I had some of it...

I will preface my answers better from here on out..Will you also...
SR - he is a victim of the Seattle Freeze which contrary to most studies as it is not a human interest story.. He owns a GMC Denali that he bought on ebay from a climber that did the Mount (insert title here)...somehow - as a result - he picked up penguins... did a global warming circumspection.... and well in Seattle unless Bob Perry denounces he is not related to Steve Perry - a story to be told..
02-24-2008 02:37 PM
Stillraining
Sailingdog

I was making an average statement of fact..That as we get older we lose some mobility, thats all...For me it is quite a bit actually and I should preface my statements maybe a little better...I dont know what it is really like to be a normal 50 year old..I have stoved up a little earlier then most..

You have to admit your examples are more rarities then the norm to say the least...I can also list out a few admirable examples of rarity in the opposite direction also having little value as to the average young person... We know the family of a young 12 year girl who climbed Mt. Mckinley ( Denali )...most 12 year old girls I know can barely do a few push ups or carry much of anything up a 8 foot ladder..

Unless I'm obviously goofing around.. I always try to voice something that may help , encourage or offer another opinion that has worked or helped me to someone... not just a knee-jerk statement...If I have offended your youthful mobility at age it was not my intention believe me. I wish I had some of it...

I will preface my answers better from here on out..Will you also...
02-24-2008 11:12 AM
sailingdog Just pointing out that having a lot of calendar years on the counter... doesn't necessarily mean much. One of my friends, who I call old fart all the time can probably run me into the ground, since he runs marathons about three times a year for fun...
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And besides Dog most other people on this site are pretty nice..
02-23-2008 07:57 PM
Stillraining
Flexibal

And besides Dog most other people on this site are pretty nice..
02-23-2008 02:41 AM
sailingdog My friend's father-in-law is pushing 65 and sails Lasers at an international level and runs marathons...

Also, Minoru Saito is a Japanese sailor who has made over 260,000 miles of voyages under sail, and is prepping for an eight circumnavigation, which he plans to start this October, and he'll be 75 at the time.

Being old is more a state of mind IMHO than anything else.
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I personally feel that the older we get the more sense learning on a medium size boat make more sense..Old farts like myself would be hurt faster in a small very maneuverable learning platform then one of 30'...I just cant react that fast or duck and switch high sides that fast ( or low.. )anymore..
02-22-2008 10:43 PM
Stillraining
Once you know how to sail

A bigger boat , to a point is arguably easier to sail ..IF you have the maneuvering room to do so..( And I did say sail not dock)

Every thing happens at a slower pace...However everything happens with much more power and force..and that is the basis most likely from the cautionary advice youve gotten so far...

It is more difficult to say, lay over a big boat , but death awaits improper downwind handling....

Take it slow, take it cautiously, avoid Gybing or getting more then off your quarter downwind and take out an instructor a few times like your planing and you will be amazed at how well you will be doing in a short time..

I personally feel that the older we get the more sense learning on a medium size boat make more sense..Old farts like myself would be hurt faster in a small very maneuverable learning platform then one of 30'...I just cant react that fast or duck and switch high sides that fast ( or low.. )anymore..

Finally...LUCKY YOU.....See God sill answers Prayer...
02-22-2008 09:52 PM
SailSolomons Contact your local school and get some instruction aboard your boat. Depending on your skill and knowledge a couple of days should get you going for the season. Once you've practised and practised go back to your school for intermediate levels. Take your time there's a lot to learn.
Good luck
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