Invitation to interesting meeting in Oslo Friday 15 April and Saturday 16 April

Hallberg-Rassy Klubben Norge and the Oslofjord Museum are happy to invite you to a meeting at the Oslofjord Museum Friday 15 April at 7 PM and Saturday 16 April at 10 AM. After having sailed 192 000 miles as a Sail training yacht, Hallberg-Rassy 46 Mahina Tiare III, is ready for this summer’s expedition to Svalbard and Iceland. The owners, Amanda and John Neal will give a presentation in English:

Friday 15 April at 7 PM: South Pacific Sailing from Panama to New Zealand 

How to sail your own boat to exotic, uncrowded South Seas islands 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. We’ll also feature Fatu Hiva and Raroia where Thor Heyerdal spent time.

Saturday 16 April at 10 AM: Storm Survival Tactics

On Saturday in the Museum Amanda and John will give a 50-minute presentation about Storm Survival Tactics followed by a dockside hands-on demonstration aboard Mahina Tiare of rigging storm trysail, staysail, fore-reaching, heaving-to, towing warp and two types of storm drogues.

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 from Seattle 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 159 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 171 sail-training expeditions aboard his Hallbery-Rassy 42E, Mahina Tiare II, and Hallberg-Rassy 46, Mahina Tiare III, sailing 342,000 miles in the South Pacific, Caribbean, Patagonia, Antarctica, Atlantic, Scandinavia and the Arctic. John has rounded Cape Horn six times.  

Amanda Swan Neal’s ancestors sailed from Norway to settle on Lewis and Harris Islands in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, but she 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 Hood 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. Amanda’s 300,000 miles of ocean sailing 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 The Essential Galley Companion and since 2005 has written the monthly Galley Essentials column in 48 North magazine. 

Amanda and John spend seven months at sea sailing 10,000 miles annually. Their web site: 

Welcome aboard! No registration needed.

Åsmund Tveit

Secretary, Hallberg-Rassy Klubben Norge