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Learning to sail
I liked the dvd's and videos on sailing. You can find some at amazon.com and bennetmarine.com (?). On the videos, get all levels, not just the beginers; beginers, cruising, racing, heavy weather sailing, and , I saw one on improving sail trim that was very good. It is good to get as many perspectives as soon as you can. Adults learn best in a spiral fashion, not just linearly.
Probably the most important thing is to practice wherever you can, be it in dingy, with another boat, or on your own boat.
Also, If you find a marina where people are sitting around talking, ask questions and listen. It is not as strucutred as videos, books, or courses, but I've learned stuff from talking with experienced sailors in person, that is not found anywhere else. Nice way to make new friends too.