Atlanta. Lived there off and on for almost 30 years. Great town but boy the traffic is getting worse every year.
I also caught the sailing bug in my twenties when I went on a 2 week sail to the Bahamas
with a couple of friends that had grown up boating
. Before that trip I had never been on a sailboat and never been on salt water
in any kind of boat. Came home from that trip addicted but with barely more than zero knowledge.
My first move was to read and study sailing, boats, boating
and anything related. 90% of it didn't make much sense at the time. However, got a chance to crew on a delivery
back from the Bahamas
and all the theory started falling into place and making sense.
Since you're a long way from the ocean might be a good way to start. Won't give you any practical experience but will make the hands on part work a lot better when you get the chance.