Originally Posted by rebel heart
Learning on lasers and windsurfing will help your sailing skill big time. A lot of people have never mastered the little boats, and it shows in their sail trim over rudder-ing. You're off to a great start!
I could hardly call it a start - now after about 7 years of regular chartering and spending practically all my vacations and lots of weekends on sailboats (mostly as a skipper), but when my boat is out of charter
- that will be a big start - all the maintenance
and upgrades and preparing the boat for some longer sailing (I plan to cast off for some time in 3 years).
And I agree - you are more than right - knowing little boats heps big time in sail trim and understanding the whole concept
. Small boats are very responsive and punish every mistake very fast making you a better sailor.
On the downside of my previous experience: Windsurf and Laser both have main sail only. It took me quite a bit of practice reading and learning
from others to understand the correlation and impact of foresail and mainsail
trim to boat handling, speed, pointing ability and amount of weather helm
Do I know it all? No way. I need at least 50 years of practice to even know how much more I need to learn.