In one of the other threads the poster was excited about having learned something new. This reminded me of one of the great aspects of sailing.
At 50 I'm a better sailor than I was at 40.
I can't say that about any other sport I participate in.
Pity the poor golfer who knows he will never play a better round of golf than he played in his 30's or 40's. I know I have the opportunity to be a better sailor 5 years from now than I am today.
At some point our skills will start diminishing, and certainly for certain crew positions athleticism and strength are assets. But when it comes to skippering a sailboat whether racing or just cruising we can look forward to getting better at what we love to do at least into our 60's maybe even longer for some of us.
Yes it's the middle of winter here in the cold Northeast
and I'm dreaming of warm weather sailing.