Hey McGurty, Welcome Aboard!
You may want to update your profile. Helps us with location-pertinent advice
Don't know if you have a local Power Squadron, but you might start off by taking one of their basic courses.
Also, is there perhaps a military sailing club somewhere near you? I know there's a Pentagon Sailing Club in Washington
, DC... maybe there would be something similar proximate to you - wherever you might be in South Carolina.