Howdy, fellow newbie sailor in Houston
here. It was about 2 years ago I was in your shoes, just getting hit by the sailing bug out of no where and hitting the forums
I would definitely recommend going to Galveston Bay Cruising Association - Home
and the local yacht club sites and post on the crew lists. This is how I first sailed, and scored a steady position on a j-80 for the racing
Also the restaurant Villa Capri
is where the races in Clear Lake
are hosted, they have a pier with a crew flag you can raise before the race
starts to try and score a ride. Wednesday nights, races start at 6. I have had success in this and have seen plenty others use it.
The Seabrook marina (next to the bridge) is a good spot also to try and find a boat to crew on. If you hit up the dry docks at 5pm on Wednesday nights, it is very likely you will find someone willing to take you out. In fact I'm heading out from there tonight for the races, of which I met on the forums
It's a lot easier than you think to get on the water
, trust me. I have a couple seasons of races as crew under my belt, just took the 101 ASA
at Bay Area Sailing School
(highly recommended), and am now looking to purchase
a cruiser to be hopefully voyaging on this time next year.