I'm a relative neophyte as well. I have Don's stuff as well as the latest edition of the Annapolis book and my advice would be not to hesitate in getting all of the above.
While you're at it, I have also gotten a lot from "How to Trim Sails" by Peter Schweer, Rousmaniere's video series (netflix has them), "This Old Boat" as well as "Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair" by Don Casey and almost everything either Maine Sail or Sailindog have ever posted. Pay special attention to the bits where Maine Sail differs from Casey.
My boat is fractional rig with no traveler, so I still get a little confused sometimes when reading about trimming techniques from whatever source, but otherwise I have learned quite a lot in the last year using these references.
Last edited by lydanynom; 07-09-2010 at 04:22 PM.