Offshore Cruising Seminar

John & Amanda Neal present:

Offshore Cruising Companion

Offshore Cruising Seminar – an all-day event, Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 as part of Cruisers University

The seminar will be held at The Historic Inns of Annapolis, 58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD

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Self-sufficiency and preparation for your cruising adventures, whether to the Caribbean, South Pacific or the Mediterranean, will be the focus of this all-day seminar with John & Amanda Swan Neal.

The Offshore Cruising Seminar features 18 dynamic topics illustrated with PowerPoint presentations that are documented in their 260-page of the 46th edition of the Offshore Cruising Companion. All participants in this seminar will receive a copy of the Offshore Cruising Companion. Topics include: Selecting and Outfitting a Boat for Offshore Cruising, Diesel Engine Maintenance, Storm Survival Tactics, Rigging & Sails, Communications, Anchoring, Piracy & Security, Managing Your Escape and Cost of Cruising. This is the 176th Offshore Seminar John and Amanda have presented to 12,000 sailors since 1976 and draws from their 732,000 miles and 89 years combined worldwide experience. 

A little bit about the Neal’s:

John & Amanda Neal of Mahina Expeditions

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.

Seminar Includes:

  • All-day instruction by renowned experts, John & Amanda Neal of Mahina Expeditions
  • All participants will receive a copy of their book, Offshore Cruising Companion
  • Breakfast and Lunch served at The Historic Inns of Annapolis
  • Multi-day admission ticket to United States Sailboat Show
  • Complimentary one year basic BoatU.S. membership – $30 Value

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