Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Albany, NY / Baltimore, MD
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Re: Sailing as a senior
I'm 68, I sail with others and singlehanded an Alberg 35 that is not particularly set up for single handing; main halyard at the mast. All the points made here are good.
- Jumping off the boat? Never a good idea. I explicitly tell guests NOT to do this. Slow, careful approach to a slip is the answer to this. Everyone misses now and then but dinging the boat is better than blood on the dock.
- Lists! I write down lists now, I don't trust my own memory. I do them on a To Do program (mine is Wunderlist) that syncs across devices. I have some persistent ones (Before Taking Boat Out) and some I make at the moment.
- Shorter times. I get tired more easily. When I was younger, a 10 hour sail was routine. Now, I keep plans to 4-6 hours, which i calculate as 15-20 miles. I see more anchorages.
- I'm starting to sail more with friends.
I loved hearing about the guy in his 90's and I totally get why he turned down the help. It's good to know you can still do it on your own.
Jim & Jacquelyn Eaton