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11-22-2009 06:16 PM
xsboats Yes, you are way too old to learn how to sail. Send me an allowance and I will send you postcards of the places that I sail to . Seriously,back in the 80's, I was hired to teach a man who was 86 years old and bought his first boat so he could learn how to sail. He had gotten ahold of Adlard Cole's Heavy Weather Sailing and was inspired to learn to sail by reading it.[go figure!] Better late than never. Good for you; as a teacher ,you will probably be teaching us a few things about sailing in no time. Just don't go correcting us on our grammar and punctuation on our posts!
11-22-2009 12:18 PM
2Gringos last night I got an email from Lattitudes and Attitudes, with photos of a recent 'Share the Sail' get-together in the BVI. I was looking through the photos this morning, and this thread came to mind.

Those photos of all those wild and crazy sailors could just as easily pass for a high school reunion of mine....

Made me feel a lot better about getting serious about it at 59.
11-22-2009 11:01 AM
johnshasteen
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Sailed 3 times in my life. Most pleasurable experience was aboard a 41 ft Morgan. [40 yrs ago!!!] Sailed from Fla to Virginia. Loved it. Is 58 yrs. old, too old to learn to sail? Approaching retirement and interested in your thoughts. Thanks.
58 is a good age to get back to sailing, I have a friend down in Corpus Christi who sailed, Bravo, his Bristol 29.9 until he was 92, then he donated it to the Sea Scouts and they take him sailing whenever he wants.
11-22-2009 08:03 AM
sailingdog Best overall learning to sail reference book is probably Dave Seidman's The Complete Sailor. It is probably the best written, has good illustrations and covers a wider breadth of material than many other sailing primers. About $16 at the local bookstore.

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Like I said before. Not a sailor, but wanna b. Need guidance to a good referrence book
11-20-2009 08:14 PM
pittsburghteacher
I need a good beginner's sailing reference book to read

Like I said before. Not a sailor, but wanna b. Need guidance to a good referrence book
11-20-2009 08:04 PM
mgmhead Dude (or Dudette as the case may be),

I started sailing at 60 and I've got to tell you, its a helluva lot easier than frikin' golf. Take a class, crew on a friends boat, commit yourself to learning. You're a teacher afterall... surely ya can learn.

MGM
11-20-2009 06:30 PM
rugila Just to throw my bit into this.

At 66 I knew nothing about sailing, had never hauled a halyard (didn't know what one was). Only experience was steering a friend's boat for a short while a few years earlier.

But I was keen, so bought a 34ft sloop, cruiser-racer, and taught myself with a bit of advice (I didn't want assistance) from friends, reading, and forums such as this.

I love it and am getting more adept all the time. Have Sandra as crew but she knows even less than I knew. Longest single expedition so far has been 240miles, but have plans for much more.

In my view it's a matter of enthusiasm, time, mental outlook and (if you're lucky - I am) physical condition (as we all know some money can help too) and not much at all to do with age as such.

If you're keen then go to it. Sailing is really great!!
11-20-2009 05:24 PM
2Gringos I just turned 59 saturday, and wife and I are signed up for an ASA bareboat/catamaran course next month. We plan to charter in Greece, Tonga, NZ, and buy a used catamaran to keep here in the Caribbean area for local use...like from the Bahamas to Trinidad and Central America.

A year ago, I was nervous about being able to scramble around on a wet deck, but then eight months ago I got a new knee...and now I am looking forward to it.

I don't wanna hear any more of this "too old" crap. Go for it.
11-20-2009 04:36 PM
jephotog "Too old to Rock and Roll too young to die"
Might as well start sailing.

Who knew at the time that generation would be playing rock and roll into their 60s. I have raced on a sailboat with an owner in his late 60s. It was a very competitive boat. Go for it, still a lifetime of learning to do if you start sailing now.
11-20-2009 02:10 AM
cameliaMichy of course not
As Garffin said "Age is a matter of mind and if you don't mind, it don't matter!"
if you have will, it is not important
And sail can make you more heathly!! it help you comfortable and free....eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!
Good Luck
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