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John & Amanda Neal plus Nigel Calder

Offshore Cruising All-Day Seminar (8 hours) $100 seminar fee plus boat show admission Includes a copy of John & Amanda's updated 43rd edition 260 page Offshore Cruising Companion text book. Pre-registration required.

Toronto International Boat Show
9:00am - SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017
Enercare Centre, Salon 105

Seminar Details

Self-sufficiency and preparation for your cruising adventures, whether in the Great Lakes or worldwide are the focus of this intensive eight-hour seminar. Technical guru and author Nigel Calder joins John & Amanda Neal for 18 dynamic topics illustrated with PowerPoint presentations and documented in The Offshore Cruising Companion. In-depth topics include: Selecting and Outfitting a Boat for Offshore Cruising, Diesel Engine Overview, Storm Survival Tactics, Rigging & Sails, Communications, Anchoring, Piracy & Security, Managing Your Escape, Cost of Cruising and Best Worldwide Cruising Areas. This is the 161st Offshore Cruising Seminar John and Amanda have presented to 12,000 sailors since 1976. SPECIAL SEMINAR FEE OF $100 includes the detailed 260-page Offshore Cruising Companion text book, regularly $60. Visit for the list of topics and schedule.

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About John & Amanda Neal plus Nigel Calder

John Neal’s 350,000 ocean miles over 43 years include 27 years of conducting 181 worldwide sail-training expeditions aboard Mahina Tiare, a Hallberg-Rassy 46 detailed on He is author, co-author or contributing author of 16 books. John and his wife Amanda annually spend six months at sea and recently completed 30,000 miles of sail-training expeditions from New Zealand to Spitsbergen. Their seminars incorporate the latest information, techniques and resources.

Amanda Swan Neal’s 310,000 ocean miles include completing the Whitbread Around the World Race as rigger aboard Maiden, two Sydney-Hobart Races and seven Cape Horn roundings. She has worked as a rigger and sailmaker in England, Australia and New Zealand. Additional experience includes women’s coaching and tall ship sail-training. She has instructed aboard Mahina Tiare II & III since 1994 and is author of The Essential Galley Companion.

Nigel Calder is best known for his Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual and Marine Diesel Engines, both considered definitive works. In addition to hundreds of magazine articles, he has also authored A Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean’ Cuba: A Cruising Guide, Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors and How to Read a Nautical Chart. Nigel is currently the Technical Editor or an Associate Editor of PassageMaker, Professional Boatbuilder, Sail, Ocean Navigator and Yachting Monthly magazines and a freelance consultant on marine energy issues. He and his wife, Terrie annually cruise Europe aboard their Malo 46, Nada and have spent the last 35 years cruising and writing about the East Coast of North America, Caribbean, Atlantic, U.K, and Scandinavia.



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