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Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?
Be safe, only go out when the wind is under 10 knts until you know what you are doing. Keep the motor running so you can get out of sticky situations, and have the confidence to know you can get out of a situation if it gets sticky. Safety is the number one concern for everything you do until you understand what really is and isn't safe.
Most of all have fun, and make sure your partner is having fun too.
This is really good advice.
Remember different people learn differently. We did a weekend sailing school and that was VERY important helping my wife to feel comfortable on the boat.
As you get to know people in your marina accept invitations to sail with them. You'll learn a lot from other sailors.
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“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau