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+100 Jon Eisenberg.
Learn to sail a Sunfish.
Learn to sail a Sunfish when it is blowing 20 knots.
Learn to sail a racing dinghy.
Learn to sail a racing dinghy in 20 knots.
Now try to sail either of these in 30+ knots of wind.
Next try learning to rig, sail and maintain a 30' or so keel boat with an inboard engine.
Learn how to maintain said engine.
Learn why we use winches with handles and how they too can be dangerous when loaded.
Learn how to reef your keel boat in < 30 knots of wind.
Learn how to deal with winds greater then 30 knots of wind in your much more stable keel boat.
Now repeat the above on the open ocean.
Or buy a motor boat instead.
Sounds like the best possible plan. How long should you spend at each of these eleven steps? I'm guessing, more than a year. How old would you need to be when you start this rigorous learning process, in order to be doing the sailing you want when you're in your prime? And what procedure should you follow instead if you miss the deadline?
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
s/v Essorant - 1972 Catalina 27