who taught themselves how to sail
Bought the colgate sailing in 3 days book. read some, went to the boat, read some, went to the boat. Continue this process forever and maybe you can put your sails up when people are watching in a month or so.
I go out beyond when people can see me and make a ton of mistakes but most importantly I am having the time of my life.
plenty of offers for lessons etc, I just ask those people if I can come with the occasional list of questions.
Just do it and be extra cautious and you will be fine.