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Old 12 February 2015, 09:29   #1
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I confess to being in line with the writer of this letter to another sailing forum.

I congratulate 12 year old Gannon Troutman for his success in the J70's at Key West and 18 year old Dominic Jackson on becoming a yacht master. Nevertheless, this news must be very disheartening to sailors of more mature years who have the prospect of being overtaken by such younger sailors. To avoid the associated loss of morale in this older group, it is vital that the RYA initiate a Youth Discouragement Campaign to persuade younger people to stick with video games and other passive activities rather than challenging the status quo.

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I confess to being in line with the writer of this letter to another sailing forum.

I congratulate 12 year old Gannon Troutman for his success in the J70's at Key West and 18 year old Dominic Jackson on becoming a yacht master. Nevertheless, this news must be very disheartening to sailors of more mature years who have the prospect of being overtaken by such younger sailors. To avoid the associated loss of morale in this older group, it is vital that the RYA initiate a Youth Discouragement Campaign to persuade younger people to stick with video games and other passive activities rather than challenging the status quo.

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Happening everywhere. As an example, kids at age 4 have experienced more exposure to computers than I had when I got out of college.

Higher living standards allow relatively more recreational time for the younger generation (unless they decide to waste it on school and whatnot), and the Internet allows them to take in a huge amount of information with very little effort. Learning curves are flattening out due to what is essentially 24 hr tutoring and ease of acquisition of learning material.

Yes, kids have it good, and are excelling at things that used to take years to get even just good at. Fitting that we've screwed up the world they're going to grow up in.

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I confess to being in line with the writer of this letter to another sailing forum.

I congratulate 12 year old Gannon Troutman for his success in the J70's at Key West and 18 year old Dominic Jackson on becoming a yacht master. Nevertheless, this news must be very disheartening to sailors of more mature years who have the prospect of being overtaken by such younger sailors. To avoid the associated loss of morale in this older group, it is vital that the RYA initiate a Youth Discouragement Campaign to persuade younger people to stick with video games and other passive activities rather than challenging the status quo.

Yours curmudgeonly...
That's progress, stand aside old man
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Take heart you can still retire a relatively young man 😄 the way it's going these guys will be in harness into their 80s 👍


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Take heart you can still retire a relatively young man ��
aye, apparently 60 is the new 40, phew
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Oh joy. Just fifty-five years left then. Hooray.
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Just look up Shark Khan! His dad funded him to multiple world champs aged fifteen. From memory their Pegasus racing had Melges, 49ers, eighteen footers and some of the big stuff. Amazing what kids can do when the old man sells a software company.
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