Re: My new toy.
When you can sail those desert lakes without capsizing a dinghy, then you can sail most anywhere. Sometimes, especially in the spring, the wind can come at you in two different directions all at once. And the gusts, especially in Elephant Butte can be tremendous requiring instantaneous reaction to keep from dumping.
Be happy you are still young while learning these techniques. The sensory inputs you learn now will be with you forever. It took me a long lime to relax during gusts when I started sailing a keel boat as I was always over reacting and not letting the boat take care of itself and sail on.