Shortly after we signed our contract with Antares, we were invited to attend their annual on-water Antares University. The 2-day gathering in Charleston, South Carolina of new Antares customers was structured to be both a social event and orientation to the Antares 44. We met a nice group of sailors from around the US. Like us, they were pursuing their cruising dreams and had made the choice of Antares. We sailed an earlier model of the Antares 44 on Charleston harbor and alternated our time at the helm, manning the lines, and learning about the boat’s many systems. Evenings included social time over dinner and drinks. The final afternoon, we practiced entering the marina and safely docking the boat. At the conclusion, we exchanged contact information, said our goodbyes and headed home.