Since nobody else has chimed in, I will give my 2 cents worth. Sailing on San Francisco
bay during the winter is beautiful. The wind
are usually light and the bird life and marine
mammals are seen more often. You will develope your skills at estimating currents since you will be moving slower and be more affected by them. There are nice places to anchor
that wont be crowded like they are in the summer. Hope you have a cabin
heater since it can be pretty cold and damp overnight. When spring comes around you will get a preview of what heavy wind
sailing is all about. Practice reefing early and making a windy afternoon fun rather than an ordeal. When you are getting more confident, go out the Gate and up the north channel and spend the night anchored at Drakes Bay. There is a lot of good local cruising within the Bay , or within a days sail of the Gate. You dont have to be an ocean crosser to be a real cruiser, but San Francisco Bay can give you a lot of the skills to venture forth upon the sea.____Good Luck._____Grant.