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1. start with instructions for sailing a dinghy at a club - an old style dinghy is fine, but a racy one like a 29er is not; do as much solo as possible, then sail in a double. Dothis frequently for two, three years.
2. get used to being shouted at by your instructor or partner - it is likely, even certain, that you will make the same mistake a few times at least.
3. buy a cheap old 18 or 20-footer daysailer and do a lot of sailing singlehanded, for several years. Then you can move up to a more serious yacht if you want. I personally do not take the "deep-end approach", though others may find it suitable.