Re: My Rough plan to get better at sailing.
Exactly how I learned to sail. I had learned on a hobie cat then taught for two summers at a summer camp. Joined a club that had unlimited weekday usage and sailed the hell out of the 22 foot boats. I also did some racing then and a lot of racing since. I would suggest trying to become a regular on the J-boat. Show up every time it races and you will get a full time spot and maybe even get promoted to different spots on the boat. I race on a J35 for years and learned a lot from it.
I'd also suggest building a library and reading a lot to expand your knowledge in racing and cruising. I have since owned a small boat but am back in the sailing club mode and racing OPB's. While it is not as satisfying as owning a boat, I get to sail as much as I want (no I don't), but i get to sail a lot. Also I usually split the cost of boat rental with people so the cost for me to sail is minimal, as opposed to owning. If you stuck with the club for a few more years instead of buying your own boat you might be able to afford the Tayana, a boat I would love to own but also out of my price range for now.
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