Thank you both. Some interesting tips to get me going. I think I will get out there and try some deep water beach starts to begin with and re post with the inevitable questions. I am actually looking for a 7.5m sail to complete my little quiver for the time being so this may help. As I get a bit better, I seem to be able to handle larger sails in stronger winds so will need a 7.5m anyway.
Thanks again and glad to see that you are back with us Roger.