Knotted Sistas


Amanda Swan Neal

Knotted Sistas

In this hands-on seminar with PowerPoint illustrations, professional rigger and Whitbread Race veteran Amanda Swan Neal will guide you through learning essential knots useful for boating. You will receive a piece of line and detailed handout to create your own unique “Sistaship Bracelet”. For each knot Amanda will relate its application with friendly anecdotes and stories gathered from her 50 years of worldwide boating experience along with explaining the history of line construction and line terminology.


Amanda Swan Neal’s 332,000 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 coaching women’s international sailing teams and tall ship sail-training. She has instructed aboard Mahina Tiare II & III since 1994 and is author of Diesel Engine Essentials, A Learning and Coloring Book and The Essential Galley Companion plus 125 magazine articles.

Room #3


Toronto Boat Show