Current Speaker Lineup:
Amanda Swan, March 24th 7 p.m.
In 1990 Amanda completed The Whitbread Around the World Race (now The Volvo Race) as rigger aboard Maiden, the first all-women Whitbread boat. Please join us to hear what are sure to be inspirational stories from this experience, her lifelong career in sailing, and how we can encourage girls and women to get out on the water and thrive in the sailing community.
Amanda grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and sailed to Sausalito, Seattle and Vancouver as a teenager aboard a 38' sloop she helped her parents build. Upon returning to New Zealand, she became a sailmaker for Hoods and transferred professions to rigging with Noake's Rigging in Sydney, Australia then Southern Spars in NZ. In 1990 she completed The Whitbread Around the World Race (now The Volvo Race) as rigger aboard Maiden, the first all-women Whitbread boat. Amanda's 346,000 miles of ocean sailing include two Sydney-Hobart Races, numerous international regattas and seven Cape Horn roundings intermixed with a ten-year involvement in tall ship sail-training. Since joining John Neal in 1994 for Mahina Tiare's Cape Horn and Antarctic expeditions, Amanda has co-skippered aboard Mahina Tiare. Since 2005 Amanda has written the monthly Galley Essentials column in 48 North magazine and she is the is the author of The Essential Galley Companion and Marine Diesel Engine Essentials – A Learning and Coloring Book. She enjoys introducing women to the joys of the cruising lifestyle and her personal interests include Celtic step dancing, photography, triathlon training and sewing. She holds a NZ Commercial Launchmaster's license.