Thanks for the help
I appreciate the input from all who replied. In early June I will take the 2nd course (2 days on the water). After that I will feel more comfortble on the water. There is a sailing club in philadelphia and may join.
I have an aquaintance who has a 33 footer, not certain what type, who needs a second hand in the evenings. I will become a venerable mooch.
I also found a place that rents J24's about 1 hour from my home. This may be good for a week day.
Any other comments please send them my way................