RSVP to reserve your seats now!Registration for this FREE event is not required, but much appreciated... Reserve your seat and your Swag Bag, which will include goodies like:

  • Digital edition of Blue Water Sailing Magazine
  • Passage weather forecasting package for new clients - valued at $220 - courtesy of Weather Routing Inc.
  • Selden's Rig Tuning Book
  • Manufacturer rebate for Andersen Winches
  • Discounts for Mahina Expeditions offerings - boat purchase consultation, full-day Offshore Cruising Seminar and certain sail-training expedition legs
  • 'Sailing Distances' sheet for the Pacific Ocean, prepared by Hydrovane Self Steering

Walk ins are welcome! Seating is limited, so only guaranteed with an RSVP. 


Saturday January 28, 2017  

10:15 AM to 12:15 PM 


Seattle Boat Show - Stage 5, Club Level


Everyone's invited - let's talk cruising! 

John & Amanda Neal - SV Mahina Tiare 

Andy Cross - SV Yahtzee

Tom Christensen & Kim Maclean - SV Exit Strategy

Will & Sarah Curry - SV Kaiquest

Questions? Ask us!

John Neal:

Sarah Curry:

Join us at the Offshore Cruising Forum, co-sponsored by Blue Water Sailing Magazine, for an engaging panel discussion with active sailors/adventurers. The panel will draw on years and miles of experience to answer host Sarah Curry’s questions.

What should you prioritize when choosing and outfitting an offshore boat? How can you best prepare yourself for the cruising lifestyle and situations you may encounter - from picking crew to heavy weather? Learn from our mistakes too!

Benefit from expert tips for a safe passage down the Washington and Oregon coasts and to tropical destinations beyond - the freedom to explore the world in this amazing way is yours to realize.


Combine John Neal’s 350,000 sea miles with Amanda Swan Neal’s 308,000, and there’s not much they haven’t experienced out there. John & Amanda annually run Mahina Expeditions, sail-training expeditions worldwide aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 46. They live in Roche Harbor during their off seasons.  

Andy Cross is a former Caribbean sail trainer and is now partner in local boating website Along with his wife Jill and sons Porter and Magnus, he cruises full-time aboard their Grand Soleil 39 Yahtzee in the Pacific Northwest.

Tom and Kim left Victoria on their boat Exit Strategy 5 years ago with plans to circumnavigate. Since then their journey has taken them to Mexico and across the Pacific Ocean to the Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and West to Australia.  They will resume their journey this summer to explore Indonesia and Malaysia before crossing the Indian Ocean to South Africa.

Will & Sarah Curry run a family business, Hydrovane Self Steering. They sold their first boat in Australia, and are now cruising and outfitting their Jeanneau 43, Kaiquest, to head south to warmer climes once again.