Great trip report.
I believe the only way to get experience is go get out and get it, taking care not to bite off more than you can chew, which is exactly what you accomplished.
You'll probably replay this trip in your head over and over anyway, so think about what you did right, where you could have improved, what you would have done if things had gone really bad, and use those lessons to build for your next adventure.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36