Take the Wheel Interactive Workshop

The Take the Wheel program is currently sold out.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email your contact information to tara@annapolisboatshows.com, and if any space becomes available, she will notify you.

The management of the Annapolis Boat Shows has made the decision to require all participants in Take the Wheel to be fully vaccinated to attend our programs in October.  If you are not vaccinated, then you will need to show a negative Covid 19 test within 3 days of the start of your class.  With the uncertainty of the Delta Variant of Covid 19, it is the prudent step to insure everyone’s safety while attending our indoor classes. 

Find the Sailboat of Your Dreams

Sponsored by Jeanneau & Sail Away Catamarans

This is an opportunity to demo two sailboats of your choice, compare one against the other, fast track your boating buying knowledge, and narrow the search for your new boat.

Take the Wheel is an on-and-off water learning experience.  The morning session covers sailboat design, how to maximize your boating pleasure, and budget. In the afternoon you’ll sail aboard your choice of two out of eight yachts and have a chance to get a stem to stern look with wind in the sails. Find the best boat for your personal sailing needs. Demo various sizes and styles of sailboats. Choose from four monohulls and four catamarans. Experts will be on board to answer your specific questions.

Regardless of whether you plan to day sail on the Chesapeake Bay, cruise close to home, or to fulfill a dream to sail off into the sunset, Take the Wheel is a worthy launch site.

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The Take the Wheel Workshop is $250 per person or $425 per couple

Workshop Includes:

  • Morning instruction by renowned experts, Behan & Jamie Gifford of Sailing Totem
  • Afternoon on-the-water sailing experience
  • Opportunity to sea-trial two catamarans or monohulls of your choice
  • Continental breakfast and lunch
  • Choice of dates: Friday, October 15th, Saturday, October 16th, and Sunday, October 17th 
  • Multi-day admission ticket to United States Sailboat Show – $115 Value
  • Complimentary one year basic BoatU.S. membership – $30 Value

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A little bit about the Gifford’s:

      Behan & Jamie Gifford of Sailing Totem

Jamie Gifford is a recovering racing sailor. His therapy was a 10-year circumnavigation with his wife and three children on Totem, their Stevens 47. As a sail designer, he was behind sails for winners in the Americas Cup, Vendee Globe Challenge/BOC, Whitbread, and numerous other regattas; in recent years, Jamie’s focused on cruising sails, rigging, and systems for offshore and regional sailors. Experience from professional life and that gained in 100,000+ miles sailing gives him rich perspective on cruising topics.

Behan Gifford has sailed more than 50,000 nautical miles while circumnavigating with her husband, Jamie, and their three children. She has visited 48 countries/territories from Mexico to Madagascar to Martinique while raising a family during the last ten years and continues cruising in the eastern Pacific. Behan is a co-author of Voyaging with Kids, the de facto guide to cruising with children; she and Jamie provide coach/mentor services to help people realize their cruising dreams. She maintains a blog for Cruising World magazine and chronicles her family’s adventures at www.sailingtotem.com

The following monohulls by Jeanneau are available in the 2021 Take the Wheel program. 

Monohulls By Jeanneau

Sun Odyssey 349Sun Odyssey 349 | Length 33’11” | Beam 11’3” | 2/3 Cabins
Provided by Jeanneau
The Sun Odyssey 349 is the perfect combination of performance, comfort and safety at sea. With two or three cabins, a spacious saloon, functional galley, high quality woodwork accents with an incredibly bright, well-lit interior, she has it all.


Sun Odyssey 440 | Length 42’8”| Beam 14’1”| 2/4 Cabins
Provided by Jeanneau
The Sun Odyssey 440 features a generous beam and walk-around deck, ensuring life on deck is comfortable and spacious, either under way or at anchor. Simple sail handling is ensured through the use of an integrated bow sprit, inboard winches, and recessed wells for controls.

The following Catamarans will be available to chose from for the sea trial portion of the 2021 Take the Wheel program. 

Seawind 1260  | Length 41’ provided by Sail Away Catamarans

2020 Fountaine Pajot Elba 45 | Length 45’ provided by Sail Away Catamarans

2020 Fountaine Pajot 42 | Length 41’3″ provided by Sail Away Catamarans





2010 Leopard 46 | Length 46’





2006 Fountaine Pajot Belize 43 | Length 43’





Refund Policy:

  • Refunds are acceptable up to 30 days prior to the start of the event.

  • Inside 30 days of the event, only credit towards future Take the Wheel will be given.

  • No refund or credit for cancellation within 10 days of the start of the event. 

  • Credits are good for up to 365 days.