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Question First time sailor

Ignorance may be bliss but not in sailing. I just purchashed a AMF Puffer and have been to the lake 2 times. The first time I was just lucky and got away from the boat ramp without incident and had a fairly enjoyable time sailing around. The second time was different. I put the boat in and tied it up at the dock. As I tried to leave the dock, I suppose I made a mistake and raised both sails. The wind then pushed me back away from the dock and the boat capsized dumping me in the lake. Luckily it was only four feet of water so I was able to right the boat easy enough. My question is How do I get away from the dock in a graceful manner? Should I row out a ways before raising the sails or try to sail out? This may sound like a simple question but I had a time trying to wrestle the boat around that dock. Thank goodness no one saw me.
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