Congrats Jimmy. I know what you mean about powerboating, that is where I came from. Until only a couple years ago, but it was a kayak, not a sailboat that actually started to make me realize all the sites, sounds, wildlife and things you see while slowly passing by. Flying by a full throttle can by fun but you just missed everything not to mention scare all the marine and wildlife away.
I was always facinated by sailboats. I would love looking at them far out in the water with the sunset behind them and sails raised to the sky. Its just ashame I waited so long to get into this. It is better late then never and although I missed out, I am in now. Yes it is extremely addicting and I have a problem that when its a nice day, I can't seem to do or want to do anything but sail or kayak too.
I enjoy watching sailing videos on youtube when I can't sail. I even rewatched mine numerous times over.
I made several of them, even kayaking videos, maybe these can help you stay busy until you can go sailing again. You will actually notice my learning process develop through the videos. My first day out, NO sails up at all just a motor out and back in. The next time out, I put up the main, after that full sails. Then I started single handing her on several trips out. I finally overnighted with a friend back in early September as can be seen in one of the videos. When I say beautiful night, that is an understatement! I am talking perfect 72 degree weather, super clear stary night. I was able to lay in my V birth and look up through the hatch and stare at the stars. What was neat, as my boat would swing slowly back and forth on anchor, it was basically panning my view across the sky.
Check them out... YouTube - warspite2's Channel