"There are old sailors and bold sailors. There are no old, bold sailors."
Picture it: brand new sailor, Aquacat, Tybee surf.
First; most Tybee 500 launching surf is benign. You get one or two really tough days every couple of years that everyone remembers...and it's usually because of light wind and not so much the surf. While there is some boat damage and drama every now and then, it really hasn't been that physically dangerous...and there are plenty of old crusty bold bastards still out there sailing. Just look at Todd Hart for heaven's sake!