Re: Officially Went Off The Deep End
I would definitely get someone wit a bit more experience to help with your first launch. Raising the mast properly and getting all the rigging right is critical, and initially hard to do by yourself. Can be overwhelming. Having a motor would help as well - you want to find a nice stretch of open water without heavy commercial traffic to practice all the sailing maneuvers. But don't wait for everything to be perfect - go sailing as soon as reasonably possible - the season is short where you are.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.