I'm new to sailing too, Retazra, but I have a suggestion that might work for you (it's worked GREAT for me).
Take one of those adult learn to sail courses and start crewing
for people who race
(racers are always, always, always looking for people to crew). You'll be sailing at least one night a week (I race
3 nights a week, every other weekend, and often go out on committee boats for the ladies races) and you'll learn a lot of really useful sailing skills. Not only that, you'll get to sail on a variety of boats and with a lot of different setups for sheets
For myself, I've sailed on 10 makes of boat so far (I started in June of this year) and every new boat or new captain
has taught me a lot. I eventually made regular crew so instead of getting to know a new boat every week or two I'm getting experience working in a tight-knit team and really getting to know the one boat (and how to tweak it for all it's worth).
For my money
(it's freeeeeeeeeeee!!!!) you can't do better as a new sailor than to crew for people racing
for a season or two before buying
your own boat.