Again, thanks for everyone's input.
Since I'm so new, I couldn't PM, and wanted to ask Selkirk the following, but will post it here to all of you...
"We are still struggling with what we can do, and about learning without losing face, but at least agree that a sailing school is a great idea.
We're looking to fly down to Key West or other possibles in Florida within the next couple of months - where did you go? Can you recommend any places?
Thanks for your help again"
Thanks to everyone.