I was being a bit over dramatic about the mast being in the water. Not to distract from the OP, but my point was that it's a lot different out there from what you see on Sailing La Vagabond. The videos don't give the power of the sea justice. Don't be afraid to take it slow and ask for advice.
There is one of his episodes on La Vagabond where he discusses that very issue about his videos. He apologizes for not showing all of the realities of sailing and making it look too easy.
He says it's not their intention to mislead people. He explains that, when they are fighting a storm in rough seas, they don't usually think to take the time to turn on the camera because they are too busy managing the boat.
In that episode he added some footage with a fixed mount camera as they were battling through a night passage in rough weather and seas. Then he talked about how they arrived in port the next morning absolutely exhausted.
If you read Tania Aebi's book, Maiden Voyage, she admits that she was not fully prepared for her solo circumnavigation trip when she left New York. She made her trip before GPS technology and took her Celestial Navigation course while she was working nights. She was half asleep during most of her course and didn't understand that celestial navigation required multiple sightings to get a triangulation.
She really learned to sail during her voyage. But I don't think she recommends that most people do it that way. She later started a sailing school for women.
I believe that it was John Rousmaniere, author of Fastnet: Force 10, who cautioned people not to follow the example of the handful of people who have written books about setting off to sea to learn to sail. He points out that these are the people who got lucky and made it back to write a book. He points out that there are many people who have tried it and didn't write a book, because they didn't make it back.