Originally Posted by Sarcastic
How hard is sailing?
Well if you get in a class that has two per boat ie the 49er class, where the other guy is very competent in handling tactics, seamanship and all things nautical then, as long as you know the complete sailing drills like being lead spinnaker man or lead tacker then you maybe in with a shout.
On your own, unless you've sailed your entire life practically impossible, in fact probably one of the hardest sports.
A GB athlete in Athens won gold in rowing then got bored and took up track cycling and won gold in Beijing. So it is possible to pick up a sport to Olympic level in 4yrs