The guys in that vid were "racing". A chardonnay twilight cruise isn't "racing". (BTW Where's Boatboy?) Where, between those extremes, do you fit?
I'll stick to the kitesurfing though
Best time to do it mate! As a bowman, I get to sit alongside the mast on windward and drink my beer as the trimmers down the back keep the kite nice and fat. On the off chance we have to jhybe, I'll just hand the beer back while I head forward with the brace and bring the pole across and plug the now windward brace back into the beak. Too much for me to do when we're beating into the wind or reaching and of course at the marks is when I do most of my work, coming in I'm plugging in the kite or getting ready to drop it down the hatch and hoist the headie. And of course, once the kite is dropped I have to go below and pack it so no time for that beer when we're beating. Hoisting it out of the hatch can get a bit messy so better to put it back in the bag...We do have a beer when poled out but no Chardonnay.
so, the question is - how do the old buggers pull up from kitesurfing, or is it a young man's sport?
Kitesurfing is skill, not strength, much like sailing. The reason is because you are harnessed into the kite at the waist, it requires relatively little upper body effort. Your legs can get a bit of a workout though, much like going skiing or snowboarding, but as you get better you learn to use the kite to take the weight off the lower limbs as well Plenty of ppl over 50 and even 60 kitesurf.
that was Polaris of Belmont, a Cole 43
I've been reading a lot about Cole 43's, their seaworthiness and what a beautiful looking boat they are.