Victoria to San Diego

Mahina Tiare's crew settles in for a journey south along the U.S. Pacific coast  (published February 2017) March 23, 0115 hrs, 44.53 N, 124.38 W, Log: 180,947 miles Baro: 1010.1, Cabin Temp: 66 F (furnace is on low), Cockpit: 50 F, Sea Water: 55 F Close-hauled at 5-6 kts under

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North Sea Expedition

North Sea gales, sunshine and Fair Isle landfall!  (published November 2016) What an exciting morning landfall! On May 6, we were located between the Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland. Off our bow is a rugged and dramatic island with far more sheep than people and a tiny harbor. Our very

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Azores Adventure

At 0400 on July 16 the first half of our Atlantic crossing was completed with our landfall at Lajes on Flores Island in the Azores  (published May 2016) We were contemplating entering the breakwater and anchoring in the dark, something we’re normally reluctant to do. Tipping our decision toward anchoring

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Confessions of a Reluctant Voyager

An experienced sailor finds the inspiration and education he needs to fulfill his passagemaking dreams  (published March 2015) I’m no Magellan, Cook or Ericson. No Chichester, MacArthur or Knox-Johnston. Hardly. I’m a 60-year-old music producer/ad man with a voyage monkey on my back. I’ve read Slocum, Moitessier and the Pardeys.

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Make a Positive Impact

How to lend a helping hand as you fulfill your cruising dreams  (published January 2015) If you enjoy cruising off the beaten track, there are many ways you can make a positive impact on the places you visit. Whether you’re sailing to Mexico or less developed islands in the Caribbean

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A Conversation with John Neal

Highlights from Mahina Expeditions' 2014 Pacific training season and a look forward to future voyages  (published December 2014) It was a typical Pacific Northwest fall day, grey and spitting rain, when I walked from my boat to the Mahina Expeditions office in Friday Harbor, Washington. I hadn’t seen John and

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Mahina Expeditions: Auckland to Moorea

Sometimes the road to paradise is paved with bad weather    (published April 2012) May 8, 2010, 0730 hrs, 36.56 S, 176.54 E Log: 136,080 miles At sea, headed toward New Zealand’s East Cape Motorsailing at 6.5 knots in 5 knot N winds Baro: 1017.2, Cabin temp: 68 F, Cockpit: 65

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