Events and Seminars

Amanda Neal’s April Seminars on Offshore Cruising

Amanda - Mahina Tiare I’d like to invite you to two opportunities, this April, for you to learn the practical and inspirational aspects of offshore cruising.

1. Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminars 2010

  • April 3:  Seattle
  • April 17: Oakland, during the Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show

Realize your dream of setting sail aboard your own boat to see the world in comfort and safety by joining myself and husband John Neal for our Offshore Cruising Seminar. Together we lead a highly organized day with a format that allows you to easily absorb, understand plus retain crucial information enabling you to save thousands of dollars and hours as you prepare for your cruising adventures.

Amanda - Palmerston 18 important topics are covered including Boat Selection, Outfitting Priorities, Storm Tactics, Weather Planning, Galley Essentials, Communication, Emergency Sail and Rigging Repair, plus Piracy and Security, Cost of Cruising and Anchoring in Unfamiliar Waters.

Each key topic has a dedicated PowerPoint presentation that follows the seminar’s 260 page Cruising Companion.

Details and registration on

2. Free Seminars Strictly Sail Pacific April 15-16

I will present 5 exciting free seminars at Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show April 15 -16, 2010. Details on

Amanda and JohnAbout Amanda Swan Neal

With over 237,000 miles, including Sydney-Hobart Races and numerous Cape Horn roundings, Amanda Swan Neal’s offshore sailing started before she was a teen with a family cruise through the South Pacific and on to Seattle. Upon returning to New Zealand she became a sailmaker and rigger, completing the 1990 Whitbread Around the World Race aboard Maiden.

In 1994 she fell in love with John Neal or perhaps Mahina Tiare II’s passage to Antarctica. Together they run Mahina Expeditions annually conducting 8 intensive offshore sail-training expeditions aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 46 Mahina Tiare III, presentations at major boat shows, and several Offshore Cruising Seminars.

MAHINA TIARE’S 2010 expedition circuit in will be in the South Pacific from New Zealand to Tahiti then weaving through the South Sea Isles to New Caledonia before returning to New Zealand. When not enlightening others with the joys of sailing Amanda can be heard Celtic step dancing or seen out paddling.

Author of The Essential Galley Companion, Amanda writes the monthly “Galley Essentials” article for 48 North magazine and has contributed to Blue Water Sailing, Cruising World, Latitude 38 and Sail Magazine.

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