While there are tons of books and videos on raicing... it is often best to start with the basics... David Seidman's book, The Complete Sailor
covers the terminology, equipment and basic techniques fairly well. Start with that and then move up to a racing specific one. The reason I am suggesting this, is that the racing specific ones often assume a basic understanding of terms like jib sheet, telltale, etc. that you as a sailing newbie probably don't yet have.
Good luck and remember to have fun.
Damn...need to refresh my browser more often...
And don't mind Giu...he's usually the captain on his boat, at least 'til Fred gets on-board, so his viewpoint is a bit skewed, and he's usually foaming at the mouth...
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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