Welcome, Alan. That was a nice introduction, and perhaps somebody will have a place for you. Of course you increase your chances by making yourself known and seen.
You say you're landlocked. How landlocked - i.e, where are you located now?
There are a lot of lakes in the US, and it seems that even the smallest ones have yacht clubs, youth yacht racing, beer can races, etc. Anything like that near where you live?
Do continue to contribute to the forum, which will give you the posts you need to become a Full Member. That gets you a bit further along.
Okay, guys, I've been in transit for two days. Whose shout is it this week?