Hi Roger....thank you very much for taking the time to reply to my question. I do plan on taking lessons but that will have to wait until next summer. Thanks as well for the suggestion on upwind sailing. I am going to likely get the optional side fins to help make things a bit easier for sailing windward. Being downwinded is exactly what happened to me in Jamaica, but at that time I really know nothing about tacking and jibing (ie sailing).
As for sail size, what do think would be reasonable??? I'll likely be doing most of my learning on lakes ( less than 1 ft chop to start) with winds 10-15 knots.
Thanks again for your reply
BTW: I will cross post on school board as per your suggestion. Hopefully there are those there that have something to add.