Re: Best Beginners sailing grounds?
There is a saying; "If you can sail the Bay, you can sail ANYWHERE on earth."
San Francisco Bay has the most varied sailing conditions of any place I have ever sailed. In a half day you can sail light air to gale force winds and back, through fog or currents that can turn a 65' staysail schooner under full sail in 30 knots of wind, 180 degrees, leaving you with all sails back-winded and your spreaders in the water.
In over 50 years of sailing, I have never sailed in more challenging and varied conditions in one place.