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, www.ocscsailing.com
Club Nautique, 100 Gate 6 Road, Sausalito; (415) 332-8001, www.clubnautique.net
Spinnaker Sailing, South Beach Harbor, Pier 40, San Francisco; (415) 543-7333, www.spinnaker-sailing.com
Tradewinds Sailing School and Club, 2580 Spinnaker Way, Richmond; (510) 232-7999, www.tradewindssailing.com