Originally Posted by nautical
Are there any books that I should start reading that would prepare me towards asa101 course ?
"Basic Sailing" by M.B. George (Hearst Marine Books, N.Y., 1984) is a great primer with beautiful photographs.
Take all the Coast Guard Auxiliary Courses you can in your area. In fact, if you can take the full U.S.C.G. "Boating Skills and Seamanship" course, you will learn all you need to know to get started.
Sailing itself is not that difficult to master. What gets folks into trouble is basic safe boating practices, navigation, seamanship, proper preparation, and decision-making, some of which you learn through experience and some of which you can acquire through study.