The first thing to do is gather knowledge. As you have typed it's late in the year for lessons. Be like a sponge, and suck up all the free knowledge you can. Buy, or use the library for books.
Lessons are the easiest way to start for hands on. The time is dedicated to you gathering knowledge. Then start getting onto boats. Once you start getting on boats try, and make sure you get on different boats. All boats differ, and so do sailor's style. Some are Capt. Bligh, and some a very easy going. BEST WISHES in the future, but do beware.......IT'S ADDICTING