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Not to hijack the thread, but I often wonder how I'll teach myself everything I need to know to take off some day. I've read stories about storms that make me nervous about my 23' on a small lake, and find myself more concerned with trying to know ahead of time how to handle the dangers that may lie in my future (both short- and long-term).
I'm thinking about taking classes in San Francisco bay, since it's supposed to be pretty challenging. I can't imagine how someone would gain "storm experience" gently, and really am concerned about how to get the training that may help me survive. I think crewing with experienced sailors is a great option, but it seems that opportunity and schooling rarely come together.
At what point in a sailor's experience does one decide they're ready to take on risks?