Welcome to Sailnet... zz has a good point - it's always possible to get rides at clubs that have fall/winter race programs - and if you turn up regularly your dedication will be obvious.
If there is such activity near you, no need to wait for spring!
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)