Welcome aboard CF, TopandKeri.
I got my start sailing in SF Bay
and the little patch of ocean from Monterey to Pt. Reyes. The winter
before we left, we went out when there were gale warnings forecast
(with rain), and practiced using the storm jib
, heaving to, and getting used to rowdy conditions where we could come home and have a hot shower
afterwards. May you enjoy all the good sailing it has to offer.