Kristina, regarding Latitude 38, there is the possibility of getting a crew position on one of the boats heading down the coast of Baja California
this October. Depending on your availability, Latitude 38 has both a crew list and a crew wanted
list for boats heading down to Mexico
. They also provide the opportunity to find crew space on boats sailing and racing
in the San Francisco
Finding an affordable (e.g., University or municipal offering) program to learn how to sail on small dingies provides an excellent introduction
to sailing and sail theory. The advantages are many: being the captain
and crew, the performance of the boat is yours and yours alone; small centerboard
or lee-board boats also are responsive and you get immediate feedback about what works and what doesn't.
keelboat programs, in my humble opinion, would be the next step in your sail learning process. You'd learn to sail on a larger keel
boat with a small group of other students. Most ASA schools also offer other programs, such as coastal navigation
and overnight cruising.
To round out your learning, making use of USCG auxiliary small boat courses will provide understanding of rules of the road and other useful seamanship skills. You may want to check your local West Marine
store for other class opportunities.
The beauty of sailing is that the learning curve never ends. Good luck and enjoy the experience.