Maybe I sound a little harsh. But I'm getting tired of hearing about novice sailors (often with an ASA class or two to "brag" about) who get themselves in way over their heads and make dumb (sometimes fatal) decisions because they never learned to control a boat in marginal conditions. Sailing a dinghy
gives you some of that experience, because dinghies
are far more often "on the edge".
But, I say this all the time, and people ignore me and learn the hard way. So be it.