I was new to sailing when I got my AI last month and let me tell you it's very easy to sail. I figured it out in minutes and have spent many hours since sailing in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Check out the link on hobie's website that will give you the sailing basics http://www.hobiecat.com/experience/learn.html
Once you figure out how to put the sail together, when you snap it on the boat, make sure that the reefing line closes the sail and the other line opens it. I screwed that up my first time out but realized my mistake quickly and fixed it. If I hadn't notice my mistake, I would have had an embarrassing moment trying to close (reef) the sail in as I approached the shore.
Once you get these minor assembly problems behind you, you're in for a treat. This boat is the coolest thing I've ever owned.