Re: Rookie on a San Juan 21
I've sailed and raced San Juan 21s for twenty-five years. (Just bought my fifth one this summer). A fellow in Helena bought two of my previous boats; an orange MkII and a robin egg blue MkI. He is one of several active racers in that area.
I would suggest that you look up some of the racers and ask for their advise and perhaps a sail one either your boat or theirs. On hand experience with someone who knows the boat is the best / fastest way to learn.
Good luck and have fun. YOu've got one of the best boats around. I'm not sure that I could spend two weeks on one, though...........