Mahina Expeditions offers offshore sail-training expeditions, offshore cruising seminars and boat purchase consultation.

Mahina Expeditions offers offshore sail-training expeditions, offshore cruising seminars and boat purchase consultation.

FREE SEMINARS

John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal Present...
Exciting Free Seminars 2020

January 24-26, 2020Seattle Boat Show
We’re present eight free one-hour seminars.

February 6-8Vancouver Boat Show, Canada: 
We’re presenting both six free one-hour seminars February 6 & 7, plus for the first time ever, our Offshore Cruising Seminar on Feb. 8.

March 21 & 22Anacortes, WA Two-Day Hands-On Cruising Workshop
Where else can you find hands-on diesel engine instruction in a tech college facility, sail repair with Sailrite machines, ropework and hand repairs, marine electrical lab sessions combined with our Offshore Seminar? Don’t forget, there’s pizza, beer and live music at Village Pizza, just down the street from the Marine Tech Center.

April 16-19Pacific Boat Show in Richmond, CA (SF Bay),
Nigel Calder will be presenting his new two-day Marine Electrical Systems seminar Friday and Saturday, then will join us Sunday for our 175th Offshore Cruising Seminar. We will be present several free seminars Friday and Saturday.

April 24 & 25Annapolis Boat Show,
We present four 90-minute fee seminars Friday, followed on Saturday by our Offshore Cruising Seminar as part of the Cruisers University program.

Please Click the TAB(s) below for times and descriptions.

FREE SEMINAR DETAILS & DESCRIPTIONS:

  • SEATTLE

  • VANCOUVER, BC

  • ANNAPOLIs

  • RICHMOND, CA (PACIFIC)

  • PRESENTERS

SEATTLE BOAT SHOW

2020 Seattle Boat Show Seminars
January 24, 25 & 26

Sponsored by 48 North & Blue Water Sailing Magazines

Friday, January 24: Club Level, Stage 4

3:00 Shorthanded Sailing Techniques
John and Amanda will share valuable tips for setting up your boat plus procedures and checklists addressing the following: safety, overboard prevention, watch standing, electronics for safety, sail handling, weather resources, dealing with sleep deprivation, docking, communications and storm tactics. A handout featuring key points and resources is included.

5:00 Boat Selection for Offshore Cruising
John Neal and Pete McGonagle feature 22 key points and latest trends to consider when purchasing a boat for extended voyaging, based on their combined 1,470,000 sea miles and 82 years of experience. With their extensive, objective and worldwide knowledge of boats and builders, they’ll quickly allow you to narrow your search. There’s a free handout and a 37-page booklet is available.

Saturday, January 25: Club Level, Stage 4  

10:15 Cruisers Forum

1:00 Storm Avoidance & Survival Tactics
Based on their combined 678,000 ocean miles and decades of high-latitude experience John & Amanda Neal highlight the essence of storm avoidance including latest weather resources. When avoidance is no longer an option, survival becomes critical and ten specific tactics are highlighted including some radical new techniques that keep both crew and boat safe. A concise illustrated 25-page text is available.

3:00 Overnight Passage Essentials
Navigating at night is an inevitable part of life on the water and transitioning from day sailor to overnight passage maker can be a daunting task. Join John & Amanda Neal as they guide you through a virtual overnight passage where many scenarios are taken into account. You’re offered plenty of sound seamanship advice enabling you to greet the dawn with a sense of accomplishment.

5:00 South Pacific: How to Sail from Seattle to New Zealand
Sail safely through Paradise - uncrowded South Seas isles await where friendly islanders welcome you. Latest information on passage timing & El Nino, new services, safe & secluded anchorages plus provisioning are detailed with colorful images and a free handout based on John & Amanda Neal’s combined 436,000 miles and 64 years of South Pacific adventures.

Sunday, January 26: Club Level, Stage 4

12:00 Ocean Voyaging Preparation
20 steps to prepare for sailing to Mexico, the South Pacific, Alaska or the Med. Topics covered include: selecting and outfitting your boat, electrical systems, navigation, galley essentials, insurance, seamanship and communication options. Based on John & Amanda Neal’s combined 732,000 miles and 87 years’ experience. A free handout details this seminar.

2:00 Diesel Engine Essentials with Amanda
Six essential components of diesel engines plus troubleshooting and preventative maintenance tips based on Amanda’s 43 years of ocean voyaging. Copies of Amanda’s recently-released Marine Diesel Essentials, A Learning and Coloring Book will be available.

4:00 Anchoring Techniques: From Puget Sound to Worldwide Regions
Six specific techniques and related equipment necessary for easy and safe anchoring whether in the Pacific NW, tropics or high-latitudes are detailed based John and Amanda Neal’s anchoring experience spanning 45 years in 55 countries. A free handout is included and a 20-page text is available.

VANCOUVER, BC BOAT SHOW

February 6 & 7, 2020

Thursday, February 6

1:15 Ocean Voyaging Preparation
20 steps to prepare for sailing to Mexico, the South Pacific, Alaska or the Med. Topics covered include: selecting and outfitting your boat, electrical systems, navigation, cost of cruising, insurance, seamanship and communication options. Based on John & Amanda Neal’s combined 732,000 miles and 87 years’ experience. A free handout details this seminar.

4:30 Diesel Engine Essentials with Amanda
Amanda Swan Neal will guide you through the six essential components of diesel engines with detailed PowerPoint and an actual engine, giving you a good understanding of how engines work including troubleshooting and maintenance, based on her 43 years of ocean sailing. Copies of Amanda’s newly-released book: Marine Diesel Essentials, A Learning and Coloring Book will be available.

6:00 Storm Survival Tactics
Survival becomes critical when storm avoidance is no longer an option. John & Amanda Neal show you the safest survival tactics including some radical new techniques based on their combined 732,000 miles and decades of Southern Ocean experience plus surviving the Queen’s Birthday Storm. A concise 25-page text is available illustrating and detailing this seminar.

Friday, February 7

12:15 South Pacific Sailing from Vancouver to New Zealand
Sail to exotic uncrowded South Seas isles where friendly islanders are pleased to welcome you. Weather, passage planning, safe & secluded anchorages plus new services available to cruisers are detailed in images and a free handout. John and Amanda Neal’s combined 458,000 miles and 66 years of South Pacific experience detailed on www.mahina.com.

3:15 Short and Singlehanded Sailing Techniques
John and Amanda will share valuable tips for setting up your boat plus procedures and checklists addressing the following: safety, overboard prevention, watch standing, electronics for safety, sail handling, weather resources, dealing with sleep deprivation, docking, communications and storm tactics. A handout featuring key points and resources is included.

6:15 Offshore Cruising Boat Selection
John Neal and Pete McGonagle feature 22 key points and latest trends to consider when purchasing a boat for extended voyaging, based on their combined 1,470,000 sea miles and 82 years of experience. With their extensive, objective and worldwide knowledge of boats and builders, they’ll quickly allow you to narrow your search. There’s a free handout and a 37-page booklet is available.

Saturday, February 8

8:30 – 5 Offshore Cruising Seminar with John, Amanda and Pete McGonagle

 

 

ANNAPOLIS BOAT SHOW

2020 Annapolis Boat Show Cruisers University Seminars
April 23, 2020

There is a charge for these seminars, detailed at:
https://www.annapolisboatshows.com/cruisers-university-2/schedule-2/

8:15 – 9:45 Short and Singlehanded Sailing Techniques
John and Amanda will share valuable tips for setting up your boat plus procedures and checklists addressing the following: safety, overboard prevention, watch standing, electronics for safety, sail handling, weather resources, dealing with sleep deprivation, docking, communications and storm tactics. A handout featuring key points and resources is included.

10:00 – 11:30 Storm Survival Tactics
Survival becomes critical when storm avoidance is no longer an option. John & Amanda Neal show you the safest survival tactics including some radical new techniques based on their combined 680,000 miles and decades of Southern Ocean experience plus surviving the Queen’s Birthday Storm. A concise 25-page text is available illustrating and detailing this seminar.

12:30 – 2:00 Worldwide Anchoring Techniques
John and Amanda Neal detail six specific anchoring techniques necessary for Mediterranean, tropical, high-latitude and temperate cruising based on their extensive worldwide experience spanning 45 years and over 388,000 miles. With the knowledge gained from this seminar detailed in a six-page handout, you’ll be able to safely anchor anywhere in the world, avoiding the costly mistakes they have made.

2:15 – 3:45 Diesel Engine Essentials with Amanda
Amanda Swan Neal will guide you through the six essential components of diesel engines with detailed PowerPoint and an actual engine, giving you a good understanding of how engines work including troubleshooting and maintenance, based on her 43 years of ocean sailing. Copies of Amanda’s just released project: Marine Diesel Essentials, A Learning and Coloring Book will be available.

 

 

 

RICHMOND, CA PACIFIC BOAT SHOW

Presenters

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.

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 and John spend seven months at sea sailing 10,000 miles annually. When not at sea, they enjoy winter kayaking from their island home at Roche Harbor, 8 miles east of Victoria, B.C.

Magazines Contributed to: Blue Water Sailing, Yachting World (UK), Yachting Monthly (UK), Australian Yachting, Cruising World, Cruising Helmsman (Australia), Seilas (Norway), 48 North, Latitude 38, SAIL, Sailing, Yachting, Ocean Navigator and Practical Sailor.

Books Authored: The Essential Galley Companion (Amanda), Diesel Engine Essentials (Amanda), Log of the Mahina, Mahina Tiare, Pacific Passages (John), Offshore Cruising Companion, Offshore Expedition Companion, Storm Survival Tactics (John and Amanda), Selecting and Purchasing an Ocean Cruising Sailboat (John).

Books Contributed to: World Voyage Planner, World Cruising Survey by Jimmy Cornell, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, fourth edition, by John Rousmaniere, Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Handbook, fourth editionby Nigel Calder, Surviving the Storm by Steve Dashew, NOAA-PVS Safety Manual, Voyager’s Handbook by Beth A. Leonard, Sharks of Tropical and Temperate Seas, R.H. Johnson, Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die by Chris Santella, Charlie’s Charts of Polynesia by Charles Woods.

Videography: Heavy Weather Sailing (1981) (contributor), Sailing to Cape Horn (1995), Sailing to Antarctica (1996).

Areas of Experience: Caribbean, Mexico, Atlantic including Azores, Canaries, and Madeira, Patagonia (Chile and Argentina), Cape Horn (six roundings), Antarctica to edge of ice pack, Brazil, Uruguay, Pacific including Galapagos, Panama, Juan Fernandez, Cocos, Clipperton, Easter, Pitcairn, French Polynesia, Cooks, Niue, Samoa, Tonga, Wallis, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Alaska, British Columbia. Europe including the Med including Balearics and Malta, Africa (Morocco), Ireland, England, Scotland, Orkney, Shetland, Norway, Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen to edge of ice pack, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

Pete McGonagle is a marine engineer who has logged over 1,000,000 miles as an officer on tankers and 50,000 miles racing, delivering and cruising yachts worldwide. A yacht broker since 1999, he founded Swiftsure Yachts in 2002 where he’s assisted hundreds of cruisers purchase offshore-capable yachts. Pete recently completed a two-year cruise of the Caribbean and East Coast with his family aboard his 51’ steel Perry sloop and has been co-presenting in Mahina seminars since 2003. www.swiftsureyachts.com



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