12 years old: Robin and the Dove, National Geographic. Went out and built a working model. But parents were not boat people, and we lived far inland, or at least far to a kid with no wheels.
22 years old: Hobie 16 Nationals at Cape May, sailed off the beach. Rented a Sunfish the next week, and bought a Prindle within a month.
45 years: First Delmarva circumnavigation
, on our Stiletto 27 with my 10-year old daughter as crew. Great father-daughter time. Absolutely hooked me on cruising.
And a lot of sailing miles in between.