Freedom isn't free
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bedford, VA
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Re: Why do sailors stop sailing?
Couple things come to mind about abandoning sailing due to physical limitations...
I'd think one would use the adage "work smarter not harder." Mast raising is a perfect example (on a 22 footer)... either use a block and tackle system and an A-frame, or frankly pay someone to do it.
Examples were given of how to keep going, and they are great ones.
I'm young(ish) at 46. My last race I had a gentleman that was 71 as a crewmate (I hope to be as fit as him) and my long time friend who is 55. Both those guys are quite fit, and are my model. But me the young one of the bunch, have been hobbling for the last 2 days, my hips are screaming from a 17 mile trail ride Saturday, and 3 hours roll-tacking a 24 foot sailboat due to light air. Between smashed shins from the traveler, and a mistake I made starting the outboard (boom was low and centered) I elbowed the boom at high speed and gave myself the goose-egg of the century (probably as big as a tennis ball). My elbow screaming still, but is just black and blue now. I'm going to state categorically its not an "age" thing that takes out sailors, but limitations that aren't thought through or overcome.
When there is a will there is a way for sure. I submit sometimes the WAY overwhelms the WILL.
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA