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Sailing in San Francisco

Choppy seas. Winds at 18 knots. Darkening skies.

As I set out on my first sailing lesson on San Francisco Bay, another student offered me a tip. "The first rule of sailing," he said as we boarded a 34-foot J-105 at the Berkeley Marina, "is to always look good."

Call me overly cautious, but in my book, the first rule of sailing is don't drown.

-- Hugo Martín

Read more: Navigating a sailing lesson

Planning your trip:

Olympic Circle Sailing Club, Berkeley Marina, 1 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley; (800) 223-2984,

Club Nautique, 100 Gate 6 Road, Sausalito; (415) 332-8001,

Spinnaker Sailing, South Beach Harbor, Pier 40, San Francisco; (415) 543-7333,

Tradewinds Sailing School and Club, 2580 Spinnaker Way, Richmond; (510) 232-7999,

Willie Martinez
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