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Smaller local yachtclubs will often have casual racing programs on weekends or evenings - many of these boats typically sail with minimal crew.. It should be easy to sign on as volunteer crew in these situations. We've introduced many people to sailing in this manner.
The upside here is it's free, you may get to sail different boats, and you learn lots fast. It's important, though, to be eager and reliable. If you show up every time you say you will, likely you'll get more hands-on experience and 'move up' the crew ladder quickly.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)