Re: My first day sailer. What do you pack in yours?
Great advise so far.
I'll add, Proper navigation lighting is not an option. Since you will have power concerns, I would consider LED.
I'd take the ASA coastal navigation course before any of the other classes, or at least second after ASA basic keel boat.
You will probably learn more from the navigation class than you might expect. First and foremost, dealing with the currents in LIS.
Since your boat has a motor, have you taken the required CT safe boaters course?
'88 C&C 30 MKII