Advice for novice on coastal cruising
My suggestion is to keep a chart updated as to your position.1/2 or hourly updates will give the extra security of knowing where you are and where the nearest port is if you choose to rest or wait out uncomfortable weather. This could be in the form of DR positioning on the course you layed out in the morning of each day of sailing. Do not depend on GPS to tell you. Also keep a log. It will help you refer to lessons learned and good times had and most importantly keeping your "sea stories" more believable.
You will find at first that even coastal sailing in fair winds is taxing. It makes for good sleeping but it also adds up day to day so take it slow and easy. Enjoy!!