Join Date: Jun 2005
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You've got a good boat and a good attitude. What you might consider is hiring someone who's good at sailing to take you out on a nice 10-15-knot day to run you through the basics--tacking, jibing, reefing, man overboard, heaving-to, docking and undocking, rules of the road, anchoring, and yada yada...
It'd be a good way to learn the right habits to start with, and how to get the most out of your rig and sails (jib lead and traveler position, which jib to use when, how much tension on the sheets, etc.).
One or two trips with someone like that, and you can then go back to learning it by "trial and error", but you'll be higher up on the learning curve.
(Full disclosure--I teach basic keelboat sailing as a weekend gig, so you're hearing advice from an instructor here)
In any event, good luck, and good sailing.