Photo Credit: Gustav Schmiege Photography
Tue July 23rd, 2024
4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET

Short-Handed Sailing

Master the art of short-handed sailing with expert John Neal, a seasoned sailor with over 400,000 offshore miles under his belt. Learn strategies to navigate your next voyage confidently, even with a smaller crew.
90-Minute Live Session
On Demand Replay Available
Live Q&A
Join JOHN NEAL, expert sailor and author of Log of the Mahina, as he shares invaluable short-handed sailing strategies based on his extensive cruising knowledge. Whether navigating with one crew member or just a few, this online class offers insights into the unique skills and tactics required. Learn to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, from navigation to sail handling, and build the endurance needed for extended periods at sea. Whether you're looking to challenge yourself or simply lack a full crew, this class will equip you with the tools for a successful voyage.




We think it's important to share why we’re so passionate about teaching you what we've learned about sailing. See, we teach it because we live it. It wasn’t too long ago that we were trying to figure out how to chart our journey and set sail. We did all the research, watched the YouTube videos, and read thousands of articles and blog posts. Everyone was saying something different! It was overwhelming and made the decision to start our adventure even harder. Quite frankly, we were nearly terrified... But we didn't give up on our dream life. Through trial and error we found what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t work. Over the last few years, we’ve been able to help change thousands of people’s lives by sharing our experiences.

Chris and Keith of Bluewater Cruising

Short-Handed Sailing


Who is this class for?

This class is perfect for sailors who often find themselves with a smaller crew, whether by choice or circumstance and wish to learn how to enhance their multitasking abilities and overall sailing proficiency. Ideal for those who want to push their limits, improve their sailing skills, and gain a more profound appreciation for the sea. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a novice looking to expand your capabilities, this class will provide the knowledge and confidence needed for short-handed sailing.

What Will I Learn?

In this online class, we will dive into the essentials of short-handed sailing tactics with John Neal, an expert with extensive real-world experience. Discover techniques to manage navigation, sail handling, and boat maintenance efficiently with a limited crew. Gain insights into maintaining physical and mental endurance during extended voyages. We'll also cover strategies for effective communication and coordination on board, ensuring a safe and successful journey despite the challenges of sailing with a small crew.
Photo Credit: Gustav Schmiege Photography



(included with purchase)
  • Developing an Onboard Safety Ethic
  • Gear that Makes Short-Handed Sailing Safer
  • Communications
  • Watches
  • Prevent and Treat Seasickness
  • Weather
  • Navigation
  • Creating Easier Sail Changes
  • Heavy Weather Options
  • Galley Essentials
  • Docking and Anchoring
Photo Credit: Gustav Schmiege Photography


Author, Log Of The Mahina
John Neal’s 400,000 offshore miles include six Cape Horn roundings plus expeditions to Antarctica, Africa, Australia, and Spitsbergen. Since 1976, John’s passion has been sharing his ocean cruising knowledge through 204 sail training expeditions aboard Mahina Tiare III, a Hallberg-Rassy 46 and various other yachts. John is author, co-author or contributing author of 17 books including Log of the Mahina. When John’s not at sea leading sail-training expeditions he teaches Mahina Offshore Cruising Workshops and offers boat purchase consultation services. Details on
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John Neal
Bill’s racing experience covers the spectrum, including everything from dinghies to maxis, ponds to oceans, and foredeck to helm. Bill has taught sailing and racing for over forty years throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His books and programs have been translated into eleven languages. Graduates of his seminars and clinics number in the tens of thousands. They are winning races and cruising with confidence the world over.

TUE JULY 23RD, 2024
@ 4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET (90 min)

Regular Price
ASA Member Price


All registrations include unlimited on-demand access to the recordings of the live online class. So if you are unable to attend live you can still register and watch at your leisure.


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