How useful is it to practice sailing on a lake, if what one wants to learn is sailing on the ocean?
I want to learn how to sail. Specifically, I want to learn how to pilot sailboats, that are big enough to for two people to live on board, while attempting a Great Loop
. That trip, mind you, is not something I plan to attempt in the near future...it's more of a long-term aspirational goal. Now, I have already investigated a number of sailing schools and found one that offers a series of courses that seem suitable to me, and have actually gotten signed up for the first course. But
, here is my issue: the school is in Florida, we live in Nebraska, and we are unlikely to be able to do any additional courses for at least a year. And Nebraska, you'll note, is landlocked; even our lakes and rivers are for the most part poorly suited to boating.
So my question is, how much good will it do to practice by sailing on lakes, if the skill that one is trying to practice is costal cruising and passagemaking? Will a plan of attending courses once a year for 5 or 6 years, supplemented by regular sailing on a lake, enable one to learn how to sail for real?