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Sailing is an ongoing learning experience, even with all the course knowledge the real confidence comes from going out and coming back, experimenting with your boat, seeing what works with your rig, floating and stowing your sea anchor etc. The courses, practical knowledge all come with time. You originally asked about going out on an overnight, that is a good place to start once you get through the navigation and basic seamanship stuff. The ability to be the calm in crisis, whatever the situ is a function of doing, so get out and do...the plumbing, glass repair, celestial navigation, motor mechanics, all come with time. The most important skill is your own objective assessment of your capabilities sailors, pilots, car drivers, barflys all get into trouble when they are overconfident....learning the craft never ends, that is what is so fun about it...
Dana Point California and the Soggy Dollar Jost Van Dyke