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 $225 per person or $390 per couple
- Morning instruction by renowned experts, John & Amanda Neal of Mahina Expeditions
- 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 9th, Saturday, October 10th, and Sunday, October 11th
- Multi-day admission ticket to United States Sailboat Show
- Complimentary one year basic BoatU.S. membership – $30 Value
A little bit about the Neal’s:
John Neal was born on the banks of Africa’s Blue Nile River. At the age of 22 his love of adventure and travel fueled a desire to sail to the South Pacific aboard his 27′ Vega sloop. Log of Mahina chronicled his voyage and adventures and became a best seller. To answer the frequently-asked question, “How can I find and prepare a boat for ocean voyaging?” he conducted the first of now 165 Offshore Cruising Seminars in 1976. In 1990, to meet the requests for hands-on offshore instruction, John established Mahina Expeditions with the goal of sharing his knowledge of ocean voyaging in a safe and supportive environment. John has conducted 177 sail-training expeditions aboard his Hallbery-Rassy 42, Mahina Tiare II, and Hallberg-Rassy 46, Mahina Tiare III, sailing 388,000 miles in the South Pacific, Caribbean, Patagonia, Antarctica, Africa, Atlantic, Scandinavia and the Arctic. John and has rounded Cape Horn six times under sail and holds a USCG 100-ton Master’s and private pilot’s licenses.
Amanda Swan Neal grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and sailed to Sausalito, Seattle and Vancouver as a teenager aboard a 38’ sloop she helped her parents build. Upon returning to New Zealand, she became a sailmaker for Hoods and transferred professions to rigging with Noake’s Rigging in Sydney, Australia then Southern Spars in NZ. In 1990 she completed The Whitbread Around the World Race (now The Volvo Race) as rigger aboard Maiden, the first all-women Whitbread boat, and just released by Sony Pictures as a major motion picture. Amanda’s 346,000 miles of ocean sailing (more than any woman on the planet!) include two Sydney-Hobart Races, numerous international regattas and seven Cape Horn roundings intermixed with a ten-year involvement in tall ship sail-training. Since joining John in 1994 for Mahina Tiare’s Cape Horn and Antarctic expeditions, Amanda has co-skippered aboard Mahina Tiare. She is author of Diesel Engine Essentials and The Essential Galley Companion and since 2005 has written the monthly Galley Essentials column in 48 North magazine. Amanda enjoys introducing women to the joys of the cruising lifestyle and her personal interests include Celtic step dancing, photography, triathlon training and sewing. She holds a NZ Commercial Launchmaster’s license.
The following monohulls by Jeanneau are available in the 2020 Take the Wheel program.
Monohulls By Jeanneau
Sun Odyssey 389 | Length 38’7″ | Beam 12’4” | 2/3 Cabins
Provided by Jeanneau
The Sun Odyssey 389 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 410 | Length 40’6”| Beam 13’1”| 2/3 Cabins
Provided by Jeanneau
The Sun Odyssey 410 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 multihulls, provided by Sail Away Catamarans are available in the 2020 Take the Wheel program.
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.