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Event Details

  • FREE Event. Registration not required, but appreciated. 
  • FREE Nautical Mile Sailing Distances Chart for West Coast. Mexico, and South Pacific included!
  • Registration form includes option to send in YOUR SPECIFIC QUESTIONS for the Panel. There will also be an open floor at the end. 
  • Walk ins are welcome too, but please keep in mind that seating is limited. 


Saturday January 26, 2019

 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM 


Seattle Boat Show - Stage 5, Club Level

Elevator to the Club Level is located near the entrance to the North Hall coming from the West Hall. Look for signage.


All levels, all ages, all dreamers - anyone who has an inclining to go cruising... come learn and be inspired!


Join us at this year's Cruising Forum for an engaging panel discussion with active sailors/adventurers! 

Panelists will draw from years and miles of experience to answer host Sarah Curry's questions. What should you prioritize when choosing and outfitting an offshore boat? We'll cover topics from self sufficiency to heavy weather tactics to life changing landfalls. Learn from our mistakes too! Benefit from expert TIPS for a safe passage down the Washington and Oregon coasts and to exciting destinations beyond... the freedom to explore the world in this amazing way is yours to realize.


John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal have combined experience of 712,000 ocean miles (!) They've now conducted 170+ worldwide sail-training expeditions aboard Mahina Tiare III, a Hallberg-Rassy 46 detailed on John and Amanda annually spend six months at sea, sailing approx 10,000 miles every season. Both are authors and regular magazine contributors and their seminars incorporate the lastest information, techniques and resources.  During their 2017-2018 seasons they sailed from Sweden to Iceland, the Med, Africa, Caribbean, Hawaii, Tahiti and Mahina Tiare III is currently moored in New Zealand for the 2018/2019 cyclone season.

When Behan and Jamie Gifford sailed south from the Pacific Northwest in 2008 they anticipated cruising for a two- to five-year sabbatical. Nearly a decade later they’ve completed a circumnavigation on their Stevens 47, Totem, while raising three children aboard; adventures are chronicled on During their ten years the family put over 58,000 miles under the keel while visiting 48 countries/territories, from Mexico to Madagascar to Martinique. Their son has migrated ashore for college, while the rest of the family continues cruising (currently in Pacific Mexico).

Will and Sarah Curry hatched a cruising plan on their very first date. They bought their first boat in Mexico in 2012 and after Will showed Sarah the ropes, they set off across the Pacific in 2013. They sold SV Hydroquest in Australia in 2014 as planned, but knew they were hopelessly addicted to the lifestyle. Sarah and Will cruised and outfitted their second boat, SV Kaiquest, a Jeanneau SO 43, in the Pacific Northwest before setting off again in August 2017 - albeit at a much slower pace. Kaiquest in currently in southern California with her bow pointed South.