Ryan, Welcome to the Desert Sea. You are not alone as a sailor in the desert.
This Tuesday, the Arizona Yacht Club will be having a meeting and program in Tempe. The AYC folks sail dinghies at Tempe Town Lake (roughly every other Sunday afternoon, less in summer) and bigger boats at Lake Pleasant. If you go to the meetings, you'll be welcome and once you start meeting people you'd have a good chance of getting plenty of rides as long as you stay within your abilities and listen to your skippers. The AYC has a mix of racers, cruisers, and people who just love the water
. The restaurant at the Rolling Hills Golf Course is near the Phoenix Zoo/Papago Park and where Mill Ave. north of 202 curves around and turns into Van Buren. (Mill doesn't really have its own exit so look up your best way to get there on a map... probably you'll exit the 202 for Scottsdale/Rural or Center Parkway and go north a bit to Curry Road.)
<<...He was a hit last July; now he’s coming back for a return engagement: North Sails designer
Garth Reynolds will be our speaker at the AYC June meeting. His assignment: Light Air Sailing. Not that we ever have any of that.
Join us at 7 pm, Tuesday, June 12, at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe. Guests are welcome to attend.>>
Also, around the 4th of July, AYC members will be doing a bit of racing
and cruising out of Marina del Rey, including a cruise
to Catalina Island