In 101 we learned 4 basic terms of sailing, Winward and Leeward, Stern and Bow. Can you remember what these were? I hope so, because now it is time for 4 more. Portside
is the what the left side of the boat is called when you are facing the bow (front). Starboard
is the right side facing the bow. Therefore when you are on a sailing boat don't mention the left or right of the boat, show your know-how and say 'come sit here with us portside'. Your friends will be impressed.
is the pole which extends horizontally from the bottom of the mast. The mast
is the pole that extends vertically. The boom must be adjusted in the direction of the wind because this is how the sailboat is able to move forward. The boom and mast frame the sails.
Now that you know the most basic 8 terms of sailing it is time to go out there on the water. The best advice I can give you is to join a sailing club and take lessons. It is a great way to meet new people who have the same interest and ability level as you, and it is the safest way to learn how to sail in a group with an experienced instructor.
If you have friends who own a sailboat, take an active role in sailing instead of just enjoying the ride, but of course you will do both. Listen to your 'captain' and learn all you can.
Sailing is all about learning by doing not just from reading about it.
If you are really passionate about sailing but do not know anyone who is interested, you can join a meetup group who goes sailing regularly. Or create your own meetup group and rent a sailing boat from your local marina, nothing fancy just a nice sturdy boat that can accommodate your group of sailing enthusiasts. Bring a sailing book/manual with you and start learning by doing.
Always have enough life jackets on the boat, and never go too far out at sea, always stay close to shore. Happy sailing!