Why do you think you would like sailing?
That’s not a specious question it will help people give you better advice.
Identifying what part of the world you are in will also improve the precision of advice.
I’d suggest less research
and more doing. The doing might be easier with a bit more knowledge by doing in a structured way ...i.e. lessons. Lessons can be everything from cheap
local community club to spending a week or four at a place like minorca sailing
or sail minorca
or Laser Training Center Cabarete
Check out ASA
or whatever your local national authority is for training options.
When it comes to learning
to sail nothing beats a dinghy
and for intermediate adults. In dinghy
sailing particularly lighter boats like a Laser you get instant feedback as to whether the thing you just tried was a good or a bad idea which is the critical learning
For neophyte adults sometimes the amount of time you spend swimming and all that tipping over stuff can be off putting so they may prefer to learn on small keel
boats until they have got the basics. Don’t start on big boats, keel
...you may learn a “job” or a “role” but you won’t get the holistic understanding that is such an important foundation for further learning.
What you want to do with your sailing will shape a bit your lesson plan. Broadly speaking there is what racers care about and all the other stuff that cruisers care about.
Racers care about all the nuances of handling the boat
for maximum performance and understanding the nuances of wind
, tide and weather
to get around the course the fastest – plus developing a deep understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing
in order to stay out of trouble and put some pain on your competition.
You’ll make a better cruiser if you learn the performance aspects of racing
(rules less important unless racing
is your goal).
The best way to do that is crew on other peoples boats – depending on where you are there are probably lots of local clubs where you can join a crew pool or otherwise get to use someone else’s capital investment to pursue your sailing interest. If you are willing to make a commitment and help out with the boat
etc. you can often get on board a surprisingly competitive boat. Look for a competitive boat, with a good atmosphere. The smaller the boat the more likely you are to learn a broad skill set.
If your sailing interests include cruising that is a whole additional curriculum. Many racers who do nothing but dinghy or inshore racing would be in trouble if the had to do for a couple of days what cruisers have to do (navigating, living aboard
Give some more info and you’ll get some better advice.