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If it came with a pole, it's most likely a symmetrical spinnaker. Boasun's idea is a good one, go out with someone, or take someone along, who knows how to handle a kite. You'll learn more in a day than in several mistrials.
If that's not possible, try not to choose a day with REALLY light winds.. it makes it very difficult to keep the sail flying and will lead to frustration and no realization of whether or not you're doing something right or wrong. A nice 10 knot breeze is about ideal, by the time you're heading downwind-ish there's not much pressure left but enough to learn the ropes.
Basic beginner's ideas: adjust pole height to keep the clews approximately level, trim the pole fore-and-aft to about 90 deg to the apparent wind, and ease and trim the sheet to have the leading edge of the kite collapse or fold slightly in the shoulders several times a minute.
Good luck! It's a lotta fun once you get the hang of it.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)