Join a club as a newbie!! It's a GREAT way to glean a lot of wisdom from others!! We joined Northport over 20 years ago and then my husband was able to start crewing
for a couple at the club and ended up doing J30 nationals with them. He has become quite a skilled sailor thanks to the skill and wisdom of others and their patience in teaching him!! Our club even has adult sailing classes
for those who are new to sailing.
Whatever club you choose, go, befriend people and volunteer to crew for races. You'll learn fast!