Take the Wheel Interactive Workshop

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 were available in the 2020 Take the Wheel program. Check back mid-summer for the complete Jeanneau line up for the 2021 program.

Monohulls By Jeanneau

Sun Odyssey 349Sun 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 389Sun 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 Catamarans will be available to chose from for the sea trial portion of the 2021 Take the Wheel program. We are still working on adding another Catamaran to the line up.

Seawind 1160 Lite  | Length 38’ 

2018 Lagoon Elba 45 | Length 45’

2020 Leopard 50 | Length 50’





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. 


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