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 www.mahina.com. He is author, co-author or contributing author of 16 books. John and his wife Amanda annually spend six months at sea, sailing 10,000 miles. 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 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 The Essential Galley Companion plus 120 magazine articles.
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, and Sail 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.