When I was growing up, schools where not a feasible option for me. One, being a Teenager I did not have the money to pay for everything I wanted to learn.
One thing I did learn; when a man/woman enjoy what they do, they enjoy showing/teaching others. The one's I knew did this free of charge.
In the Bible; Matthew 10:8 it say; "Freely you have received, freely give" I have applied this to my life. True, it not help my financial stability, but, I feel good of myself.
So, I have learned a lot of things for free. But, when I got older and could afford College and other learning experiences I realized there more to learning than what one man/woman can teach (Or have the time to teach for free).
I was able to build upon what people had taught me. Then I took it further with my own experiences.
If, you run from the storm, then a general self-taught or maybe a friend will suffice for your sailing habits. If, you make a stand at sea and fight the storm, well, you may be wishing you learned as much as you could.
Hope you see what I saying.
A few days ago they were talking on here of a man got caught in the Atlantic;
Halifax to Bermuda in December...not! What was he Thinking!
Now this man said, he knew what he was doing?
The first thing that caught my eye in the picture was his sleeping bag wrapped around the boom. Jib is fishing for shrimp.
Then I read news articles and watched the videos and I have to admit. Many people have different ideas of what they feel is being a Experienced Sailor.