Here's a wonderful article on the joys of open water sailing by my good friend Elisha Paklena Baby Steps (or, Mowry to Benicia) in the SL Sailing Blog .
There are all kinds of sailors in SL - open water, solitary, team, course racers, open water racers, meditators, teachers, organizers, explorers, experimenters, scripters, testers, cruisers, designers, and drunks. ;) Some are many of the above. The SL sailing blog is a great resource for all - check it out! Newcomers to racing are always welcomed with open arms!