The best way to start right is with a sailing course. American Sailing Association and US Sail operate classes
all over the US coastline. You start with a small keel
boat and learn the right way. It also introduces you to sailing people. Getting off to a good start is just the best way to begin. Breaking bad habits later is hard. Learning
basic terms and ideas gets you successful faster. Yes, they cost money
but you'll get into it thinking right. A goggle search on either of them should locate something close to home. Either are good and if you can meet the instructor first I would use that as a tie breaker.
It can open doors for more sailing on "other peoples boat". It's one of the better brands of sail boats. It usually fits any budget
., Starting right is cheaper!