Novice asking for advice
Do you live near sailing areas such as lakes, bays, or sea? Some high schools and many universities that have close proximity to sailing, also sponsor racing and training programs. Often they have training programs open to youth who do not have to members of the school. Also, some yacht clubs have youth sail trainig programs available for a small fee and they supply the boats. Optimist dingys are very popular training boats in the Annapolis, MD area.