Howdy Dave and Welcome Aboard!
I don't know about your time on the water
in SF Bay
, but if if sailing it is new to you, I recommend viewing the following document. I suggest it to all who want to go sailing in SF. It is a free download PDF that gives tips on how to enjoy a day of sailing there.
I used to live and sail in SF for years, and I did not come across this until recently, but I wish I had read it years ago, when I first got to SF. It would have helped me understand what sailors meant when they talked about the Raccoon Straits, The Boat Eating South Tower, Potato Patch, and such.
It was published by "Latitude 38" the local sailing rag (magazine) that has long been a source for good stuff related to sailing in the SF Bay.
Have fun and perhaps I will see you on the bay someday!