Sweet, welcome to the club! I got mine in late December '09 and it's a great hobby. Not just the sailing, I also enjoy improving, restoring and fixing my boat. It seems the previous owners didn't take much care, didn't have much of a clue and didn't sail much either.
I've been taking my 14 out a lot and the old girl isn't used to that much action, so I've had to fix a few things along the way. It can be a very pricey hobby if you have an old boat, but you learn some great DIY skills on the way, and makes it more rewarding. This forum and the Internet in general can help you gather a lifetime of knowledge on a new subject in such a short time.