Birthday celebrations

John and Amanda Neal just celebrated their Hallberg-Rassy 46 Mahina Tiare III’s 18th and Amanda’s 50th birthdays in their home port of Friday Harbor, Washington.

They have just completed their 24th season of offshore sail-training expeditions and Mahina Tiare’s log now reads 181,000 miles, equivalent to seven world circumnavigations.

On March 19th they will depart Victoria, Canada on their first of seven legs covering 11,000 miles and concluding in Ellös at Hallberg-Rassy.

Stories and images from their past 19 years of expeditions to the South Pacific, Cape Horn, Antarctica, Svalbard, Alaska and the Caribbean are posted on 

Many of their 1150 students have been sailors considering purchasing a Hallberg-Rassy, wanting to experience an ocean passage with instruction before purchasing one.

Photo copyright by Tor Johnson

Amanda and John Neal