Hey Coyote... all those and plain common sense.. the schools a good idea if you get a useful qualification out of them that'll be recognised everywhere...
fairly simple really.. sailing efficiently takes a bit longer but again, common sense and being aware of nature and its signs..
You'd be amazed how many times I've been asked.. "How dya know where the winds coming from.." by city folks... as their hairs whipping their eyes..
Being aware of the boats vibes.. if you've ever ridden m/bikes you'll know what I mean.. they do 'talk to you', you just have to learn how to listen... reading the water
for signs of shallows and rips..
It'll come to you.. one day everything will go perfectly and thats the day you know your almost there.. like the rest of us..lol
Welcome to CF mate.. there's some wise old salts here so take advantage of them..
Blimey.. just seen the date of your post..
Your probably a wise old salt
yourself by now.. lmao