Owen, sailing throught the Bahamas is also on my to do list. I am also a novice sailor.
I am learning to sail at the Key West sail club. kwcsc.com. $210.00 first yr. $160.00 yearly to
renew. They have some instructors there that teach for $25.00 an hr.
However, if you show up with some cold beer you can usually find some members around the
club to take you out!
In addition to the 25 boats to sail (oday's, sunfish, lazers, 420's and hobie cats) there is
canoes, kayaks, bathroom, grill
( social on friday nites) fridge, outdoor shower, kitchen, tool shed and free parking.
I live in Co. and practically move in when I am down to visit. (4-5 times a yr).
Day sailing (without a motor) in my opinion will sharpen your skills rapidly. We sail out and
snorkel and swim at various spot, so docking and undocking is done a few times a sail.
Also, docking infront of a crowd usually makes you learn quicker.