JD Egan & hubby...
Tucson has the Tucson Sailing Club, which is well known for its expertise about sailing in Mexico
and the Desert. Sloop
Dog and all the other Tucson sailors would be happy to meet you.
And, up the Interstate in the Valley of the Sun, the Arizona Yacht Club is very inexpensive to join and owns some dinghies that members can "adopt" (once Tempe Town Lake gets its water
back, grin!). And, the AYC is associated with the Arizona Sailing Foundation, which has some sailing instruction. The folks at the Sailboat Shop at Lake Pleasant NW of Phoenix are another great resource, plus looking at the bulletin boards in the West Marines in south Tempe and on W. Bell Road in Peoria.
In addition to what was mentioned before about the Southwestern YC, San Diego has several other clubs in different price
ranges and interests, plus commercial
sailing schools and charter
and livery agencies, and lots of small-boat sailing and instruction in Mission Bay's protected waters near Sea World. The Mission Bay Sports Center is a good example.
Plus, if you join one of the local Arizona clubs, many of these folks are open to new crew and some of them even have boats on the coast and can give lots of good advice.
Arizona's sailing season peaks in the cooler months, most spectacularly with the Arizona Yacht Club birthday regatta
, which in the last few years has had 70+ boats and hundreds of sailors raising many tens of thousands of dollars for medical research
. They always need people to help with the regatta
, including on the race
committee signal boat, which would give you a really good look at all the boats.
Also in California
, most yacht clubs on their web sites maintain crew lists. And for an even better adventure, the Baja
HaHa has a "crew list party" before the HaHa.
Hope this helps, Pat