My biggest tip to you, if you want to start sailing before getting lessons, is to buy Jem Hall's "Beginner to Winner" DVD. With it you will learn SO MUCH.
Basically, Jem doesn't miss anything, and I mean anything. You've got chapters for everything from the very basics all the way to jumps and duck jibes, enough to keep you busy for years!
I know how much this DVD helped with my learning curve, as I've never been coached before, and am now jumping, waterstarting, jibing, quicktacking all after 2 years.
I think that with your motivation to start early, this DVD will seriously help you out as you can learn just about every tip a coach can give you and take them with you on the water every time you're out.
Good luck with your windsurfing journey.
JP Super-X 106l, North F8 Ram: 5.8m,
Last edited by agrelon; 12th May 2010 at 10:28 PM.