As Boardshorts said earlier - go down to Royal Qld Yacht Squadron on a Wednesday and jump on any boats you can for the Wags race
. Ask to get on a cat an they can usually find one to suit you. Great afternoon out and you will learn heaps for free. Get there about 12 to ensure you get on a boat. I have a cat and sail Wags regularly and always take out a few people.
You will meet people who own and sail boats similar to what you are thinking of, and it is a great way to join the community. Also consider joining the Multihull
Yacht Club of Queensland
- go to the website mycq.org.au They meet the first Thursday of every month at Manly and are a group of cruising and racing multihull
enthusiasts - join them for cruise
weekends, crew on a race
yacht or just have a chat at the meetings.
Formal training obviously has a big place but don't underestimate the value you can get from informal sailing/chatting/socialising. Extended cruising
is a lifestyle thing and you want to start talking to people who have lived or are living this lifestyle.