Mahina Expeditions

Friday Harbor, WA USA
Offshore passagemaking with instruction aboard Mahina Tiare III, a Hallberg-Rassy 46 featuring dynamic hands-on training with daily classes and testing. 15 ocean training passages ranging from 14-30 days, sailing 600 to 4,600 miles between Sweden, the Med, Tahiti, Fiji and New Zealand are offered in 2017 & 2018.

With a combined worldwide experience of 658,000 miles, John & Amanda Neal have developed a unique curriculum designed to give you the skills and ability to sail anywhere

Sailing School Credentials

Sailing School Instructors

John Neal

Level 0 Crew Rank Chief Instructor
Phone: 1-360-378-6131
John Neal's 350,000 ocean miles include six Cape Horn roundings plus expeditions to the edge of the ice in Antarctica and Svalbard. He has conducted 177 offshore sail-training expeditions since 1990 aboard his Hallberg-Rassy 42 and 46, named Mahina Tiare. His passion is training expedition members to be able safely sail their own vessels worldwide.

Amanda Swan Neal

Level 0 Crew Rank Qualified Instructor
Phone: 1-360-378-6131
Amanda Swan Neal's 308,000 ocean miles include completing the Whitbread Around the World Race (now called the Volvo Race) as rigger aboard Maiden, the first all-women Whitbread yacht, multiple Sydney-Hobart races and 30 years involvement in international sail-training. She has worked as a rigger and sailmaker in NZ, Australia and the UK. Since joining John Neal in 1994 for Mahina Tiare's Cape Horn and Antarctic expeditions she has co-skippered all Mahina training expeditions. Amanda enjoys introducing women to the joys of the cruising lifestyle.

Take online theory sailing courses with NauticEd, then use our skilled in-house sailing instructors to gain practical sailing experience and confidence. Once you pass the courses and practical training, you'll be awarded with a NauticEd Sailing Certification with Verified Practical Competency.

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Sailing Events

Sail-Training Expeditions: Sweden, Scotland, Faroe Is., Ireland, UK, Spain, Portugal, Med, Morocco, Canaries, Caribbean, Panama, Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand

Event Location: USA, Worldwide
Date: From Mon May 01 12:00am to Sat Nov 24
Event Type: Practical Training
Contact: 1-360-378-6131 John Neal
15 Sail-training expedition legs sailing between 200 and 4,500 miles with intensive training between Sweden, The Med, Caribbean, Panama, Tahiti and New Zealand. Leg 1: Sweden to Scotland, 600 miles May 1-15, 2017 Leg 2: Shetland to Faroe to Scotland, 750 mile May 24-June 7 Leg 3: Scotland to Falmouth, UK, 900 miles June 17-July 1 Leg 4: Falmouth, UK to Lisbon, 800 miles July 11-25 Leg 5: Lisbon, Gibraltar to Mallorca, 800 miles, Aug 3-17 Leg 6: Mallorca, Morocco, Canaries, 1,200 mi, Aug 25-Sept 12 Leg 7: ATLANTIC CROSSING to Antigua, 3,000 miles, Nov 6-27 Leg 8: Antigua, Columbia, Panama, 1,300 miles, Dec 6-20 Leg 9: Panama Canal Transit+, 200 miles, Dec 29-Jan 5, 2018 2019 Leg 1: Panama, Cocos, Hawaii, 4,600 miles, Jan 12-Feb 11 Leg 2: Hawaii to Tahiti, 2450 miles, July 10-31 Leg 3: Tahiti to Rarotonga, 1,000 miles, Aug 10-31 Leg 4: Cook Islands to Samoa, 1,200 miles, Sept 11-26 Leg 5: Samoa to Fiji, 870 miles, Oct 3-17 Leg 6: Fiji to Auckland, New Zealand, 1,300 mi, Nov 6-24 Details on