Welcome aboard Robert! Sailing is an awesome sport/hobby/activity/lifestyle.
I think what sets it apart is there is so much "problem solving." That's why it seems there are so many engineers doing it.
From fixing boats, to improving boats, to racing
boats to living on boats it is a very diverse activity.
You don't say your age or fitness but younger fitter folks do well starting in dinghy's or beach cats. Find a location in your area (shop around for the "vibe" that fits you) and get involved.
There are "Snotty Yachtie" clubs for the well to do, mid range clubs for the masses, marinas
that have little in the way of activity other than a parking lot and race
clubs that can get wild and crazy.
Older folks tend to like to start in keelboats as crawling around dinghys is wet and a bit physical. Small keelboat classes
<25 feet is another good option and there are many places that offer ASA classes
You are in a good location to get started albeit maybe getting late in the season...