I started sailing a year ago at 59, after 40 years of flying airplanes. I started by buying a 21' Balboa with a retractable keel and fairly quickly took the ASA 101 class at Coronado with Seaforth. They seem to do a good job. You need to know the first 137 pages of Gary Jobson's "Fundamentals of Sailing" pretty much inside out before you get there. It is a very well written book.
For you, I think the earlier advice to join a club is very sound. From my observations on Mission Bay, the Mission Bay Yacht Club Juniors program seems to be very active. You might consider checking their website (mbyc.org) and talking to their Juniors Director for suggestions.
Last edited by Brettms; 10-21-2009 at 04:48 PM.