aren't there sailing clubs or people on Wallenpapack?
The Paupack Sailing Club would LOVE to have you. We are a bunch of trailer sailors of course (since our water turns solid in winter)... But I guarantee we can find you a good boat to crew on. Our race schedule is posted here, and VERY informal, as in no protest (as we have skill levels from new, to nationals winners in our club)... http://www.paupacksailingclub.com/Ra...3_Schedule.htm
We also have 2 gentlemen that run the Pocono School of Sailing, that are club Members. They have tons of blue water experience as do many of the club members. Several members own boats both on Wally (to get sailing more often as it's local), and also elsewhere (usually the Chesapeake).
So while we are landlocked we are hardly exclusive to landlocked water.
I'd argue you'll learn quicker about sailing on our little lake than you can in the steady winds in the bays. You see the winds on these lakes nestled between mountains, are tricky to sail. It forces you to read wind well, and quickly. It'll teach you to trim quickly, and correctly the first time. You'll learn NOTHING about navigation of course, but first things first. You'll also find that trailer sailors have to be ALL things, from riggers, to CDL drivers, to mechanics, handymen... and most of us rig and derig our boats ourselves. What MIGHT shake out of a few days on the water with us, are REFERENCES you can use.
I've just filled my crew (I think) for the summer, however, we have several great sailors who are running short handed, that would appreciate someone willing to work with even minimal experience. Either way, feel free to show up at 9-10am before a race, introduce yourself to anyone there (or meet me there shnool @ yahoo). We'll get you introduced, and have you crewing.