Welcome aboard Richard. I'm in CT. You'll find a good place to get some crewing
experience is to visit the yacht clubs and ask around if there's anyone who needs crew for racing
. There may also be someone (perhaps older) who needs able-bodied crew to just go out for a day sail. You can learn a lot in either situation if you ask questions and follow orders with a can-do attitude.
PS -- I don't generally want crew. But if you want to PM me with your contact info and where you're located I could keep an ear out.