I'm not Sydney based, but a friend of mine told me that she got into sailing through a system that they have at the CYCA (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia) in Rushcutters Bay. Apparently you can sign up for twilight racing
where the club provides the yacht and an experienced skipper
and then "newbies" make up the crew and "learn the ropes".
Also, if you are serious about purchasing
yourself a yacht, your best friends are going to be
a) The Yacht Hub Boats for Sale New & Used Yachts @ The Yacht Hub
b) Boatpoint Used Boats - New Boats - Search New & Used Boats For Sale - BoatPoint Australia
These are easily the best web sites for searching for boats in Australia
. Even if you are not yet at the stage where you are going to purchase
, it is well worth spending an hour or two per week looking through the boat listings that are in your price/size range... it is, in my opinion, important to get a feel for the market... i.e. get to realise what the going price
is for a give size / age / type of boat. You will also find that looking at a few thousand boats will help you to refine what it is that you are realistically looking for & able to afford.
Other than that, wlecome aboard, and get out on the water!