Re: My new toy.
The best way to learn is to just jump on and go, as you are doing.
I learned as a kid on a Tanzer 16. I grew up sailing with my Dad, and then one day (I think I was 9 or 10) he pushed me off the dock and away I went.
I didn't pick up my first book on sailing until a good 10 years later. Never knew the name of most of the parts of the boat until I worked at a marina and caught on from the other guys.