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No Excuses

6: "Isnít racing only for the super-fit? I donít have the fitness or coordination for it!"

Itís true that if you want to compete at the very top level internationally, then youíll need to be as fit and just as well trained as an Olympic athlete in any other discipline. But if your aim is to have fun on the water and become a reasonable club sailor, then itís a different matter ó a wide spread of ages, physiques and even disabilities are often able to compete on level terms. The 2006 national championship for the 19ft Squib keelboat, held at Royal Victoria YC, for instance, attracted crews ranging in age from 10-84 years among the near 100-strong entry.

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