How many older sailors are there out there? How long can we expect to continue sailing?
We just had a local sailor complete his second solo circumnavigation
at age 90. It did take him 15 years to complete the second time, but I think he planned it that way
I know several people in late 60's still doing long passages and others in their 80's still day sailing
with an occasional overnight. Several neighbors now 70 switched to a trawler
from a sailboat due to the strength requirements of handling lines and moving about on deck
. That I see is very common and at least abother dozen in our yacht club fall into that category. Mobility seems to be the biggest problem people have.
You can expect to sail as long as you still enjoy it. Health
of a spouse is probably the worst thing and is a common way to stop a long sailing career. I would sail until you can't and be glad you did that well. Hitching rides isn't as bad as staying home either.