If your goal is to be part of a high school or college team, start with some basics. Get a proper fitting lifejacket, make a bailer from a plastic detergent container and ad a tie-in lanyard, find some foul weather get, sun block and a water bottle. It is also a good idea to carry a small ditty bag with spare ring dings, clevis pins, spare line, duct tape and a small multi-purpose pocket tool. Always know the latest weather forecast, rules and sailing instructions, as well as the boat rotation, courses, and signal flags. And most importantly, practice the boat handling tricks that will put you on top.