Re: Good boat for learning to sail single-handed in the San Diego area?
Of course, the more racier (performance oriented) the racer-cruiser, the more of a challenge it can be to single-hand well. There are boats that perform well single-handed, but others may need some help to optimize them to work well for you. It sounds like an interesting challenge.
My son has visited the folks at Mission Bay YC when he's sailing with his college club team and has found them to be very tolerant, friendly, and hospitable. Plus, their location combines flat-water very-close-in dinghy sailing with close ocean access for boats that fit under the bridge or are slipped in the commercial marinas near the entrance to MB. It seems like an active place and worth visiting.