with your plans, YES join a club. Be picky as clubs (their members and shared goals) vary widely. At the right club you will have the opportunity to (be invited) to sail on many types of boats, under different conditions and with different types of crew and captain
. You will find shared experience not just advice
, from people who are on the water
and have been for most of their lives. You will hear all manner of stories and ********, and quickly plug
in to the global network of "every sailor together and every sailor for themselves" Suggest you find a club that does stuff at a low to mid level ACTIVELY. The breadth of membership becomes its own strength and the fees
remain reasonable. Avoid any club with a large portrait of the current
commodore resplendent in gold braid adorned blazers.
You question suggests you will be welcomed with open arms at the right clubs for you.
ps: most UK insurance
positively reward members of a yacht club > you are perceived as more involved, caring, knowledgeable and less "dangerously solo / maverick".