I thought I'd update this thread if anyone cared. I finally sailed! My son and I rented a Windrider 16, I took a 30 minute lesson, and off we went. From Honeymoon Island almost to Clearwater. It was great and we had a great time.
My wife and daughter's, who did not seem to share my passion for sailboats, waited on the bank as we pulled in. One look at me and Dave, they had to go. So, the next day I rented a Windrider 17 and the family
had a blast. I even heard her say "I could get used to this".
They weren't the biggest boats and surely didn't turn any eyes but it's a good learning
start. I have not been able to breathe like that in years.