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/Assessor
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/Assessor
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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