This link is more about British sports cars: Lucas - Prince of Darkness - Lucas Electrical Humor Jokes
but still quite funny, in my opinion.
Sabre is a well respected maker of sailboats so go check it out.
I am a little old school and think that a learning to sail on smaller boats first will ultimately help you to handle a 38 footer better. Most likely your ASA class will be on a smaller boat anyway. Crewing for a race (as already suggested) will also help you learn a lot and quickly.