There are plenty of ways to get yourself on the water, ie there are races almost if not, "EVERY" weekend of the yr here in Seattle.
I've had once experience with racing, a Duck Dodge that led me to believe that racing isn't for me. Perhaps a race out on the Sound would be less frantic. I've had the impression that racing crews were word-of-mouth and difficult to break into. If that's not the case, I'd be happy to give it a shot.
Windworks or Seattle sailing is another option to make sure you and spouse can get on a boat too. Either of them will not put you initially on anything from what I under stand much bigger than a 25-27' boat.
The C25 I was tempted by is in fact brokered by Windworks, but isn't one of their club boats. They're also listing a club C25, though, and the $1500 delta in asking price is not in proportion to the apparent condition.
You still have access to there class's, use of boats etc, for about the same price per month as moorage or a payment in and of itself.
Yep, I used to belong to ISC and sailed J22's out of Kirkland, so I know how it goes. Windworks is US Sailing, though, and I think I want to stick with ASA rather than starting from scratch. SSC has a flat-rate model that appeals to me for the idea (perhaps fanciful) that I'll be able to do a bunch of sailing next year, but their fleet is substantially J's, which aren't going to offer the amenities and motion comfort my family will want. Their C&C 30 and 36 would be better, but I'm sure there's contention for them. Windworks' low monthly membership and pay-as-you-go model will probably work best for me, at least for this next year, and their fleet is larger and more cruiser-oriented than SSC's.
Another option, is to buy a boat and put it in the Windworks or SS program.
I talked to SSC about their program - didn't seem too appealing. They want at least a $45-70k boat, at least 32', and the economics and limited owner use are disappointing, especially with the abuse I'd expect club sailors to deliver. On a $45k boat ("a mid-80's Tartan or C&C 32") when pressured they told me the lease payment would be roughly $250, plus moorage. I would have the same access to it as any other club member, with only one outstanding reservation at a time.
Another place to look at is "Sandpoint Sailing" they use smaller dinghy boats for there classes and members to use. Similar in program etc to WW or SS.
Yep, I've heard of them via the meetup. I've kinda had my fill of small boat sailing on Lake Washington, though, and want to move up to larger boats on the sound, with the ability to do day/weekend trips over to Bainbridge, Brownsville, etc.