Best way to learn how to sail...
... is to go sailing. I have allot to learn still.
Went sailing in the SF Bay last weekend. I can clearly see I need to develop an actual sail plan for the changing conditions on the Bay. I also should spend some time to understand the tides, currents and wind patterns.
We were out having some fun with an intended sail from Richmond to San Fran for an evening. Got caught in some unexpected wind (15-25 knots), developed a tear in the main sail, That coupled with to large of a jib, 6-8 foot swells at 8 seconds in a 2-4knot current made for some excitement in getting the boat back under control.
Spent the evening in docked at a guest slip near the city, had a pleasant dinner at an Italian Cafe on Chestnut street. Motored back to Richmond. All in all a good weekend with a lesson on bay sailing thrown in without asking.