We met in Australia (on the great Woodford Folk Festival) in 2010 and have been sailing together since then. Marutji was Rick’s first boat and we sailed it up and down the Australian East Coast. You can see some pictures in our Photo section.

In november 2010 Rick sold Marutji in Cairns and we went in search of another boat. We looked in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and finally found Calypso in La Paz, Mexico. We bought her in july 2011 and sailed her around Mexico for almost three years.

In april 2014 Calypso took us across the Pacific to a new cruising ground – French Polynesia.



  1. Hi Rick and Jasna,

    Too many coincidences not to say hello. We live in Cairns, and we have worked on Marutji a few times. Ben’s show with you guys just re-aired in Australia. My husband Clive is a shipwright who built his own steel Bruce Roberts 44 offshore in Johannesburg, stretched to 48′ named Attitude. Too big to solo sail (novice lesson learned) he sold her and left South Africa in his Muira 31′ named Att2tude. She lovingly took him to Brazil, throughout the Caribbean and eventually landed him in Florida which he called home port for a few years.

    As visas go for South Africans, it was time to leave the US and immigrate to Australia having a sibling in Sydney and leave the boat behind. Too cold and not liking Sydney he zoomed up the coast to call Cairns home. A year later come US hurricane season he returned to the Florida to sell the boat. Myself a former smoker and too many Rums bummed a cigarette from him during his trip to sell the boat that turned into a 3 hour conversation and couple days later a 20 day first date. As luck would have it we both frequented the tiki bar at his home port marina in West Palm Beach for the three years he was in Florida but never met till that night – timing is everything. 2 months later I flew to Cairns and we got married. First for both of us at 40 and 45, takes a while to find the right one. Funny I would have never chose to date a smoker. FYI he no longer smokes. He retrieved me in the US a couple of months later and with dive gear ( all new dive gear for him as a wedding present) and a couple of suit cases I came to call Cairns Northern Beaches my new home. I had to finish my work as Project Manager/Coastal Engineer doing Florida Everglades restoration.

    A couple of years ago we saw our Sea Gypsy dream slipping away and couldn’t get enough money to buy a boat in Aus, enter Suncahser a Union 36 (Mao Ta) in New Smyrna, Florida. I remember coming across photos of Calypos when looking at Unions when we bought Sunchaser. Sunchaser was pretty much ready to go for blue water cruising when we bought her, including 3 single sidebans (????). Former owners were getting ready for another Caribbean cruise after having her and sailing her for 20 years but he got Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Get out there and go while you can, damn it!! Unfortunately Suncahser sat (still sits) on the hard while we were trying to get the cruising kitty and get our butts to the US kitty together. We had plans of taking her to the Western Caribbean and then making our way to the South Pacific via the Marquesas. Fellow gypsys we met crewing on a rally in the Lousiades Papua New Guinea told us linger longest in the Marquesas just prior to our trip to US to take possession. With time in short supply we only had 5 nights onboard Sunchaser, but what a wonderful beautiful seaworthy vessel.

    Seeing your video touched us and added some more needed motivation to pining for the sea. We salute you and might live a tad vicariously through you for bit till we can get ourselves going.

    As luck would have it a project boat landed in our laps for the right price here in Cairns, an H36 Herreshoff. She will do but nothing like the room and comfort of our Union. We should move onboard in few months and hope to start our forever cruising life.

    All the best on your adventures ahead.


    PS Marutji is not very well loved at the moment sorry to say. Dr/owner seems to have lost interest.
    PSS Will have to get your book and give it a read.

  2. rick says:

    Hi Misti!

    Wow, what a story! And what a shared history – far too many coincidences to go into here, but hopefully we can cruise by for a beer next time we pass Cairns (we are generally heading in that direction). Really sorry to hear about Marutji – she was as neat as a pin when we left her with brand new paint, top and bottom and not a weep of rust. How were you involved with her? Do you have any pics of the H36? Don’t be surprised if it actually turns out to be a better boat than Sunchaser – everyone I know who has a Herreschoff, swears by them! I still have a lot of sailing buddies in Cairns, but I don’t think I can take any more coincidences today!

    So glad you liked Ben’s show – it did not go into the sea gypsy ethos as much as we would have liked and some of it was an outright lie (creative editing). That is why we wrote the book – to try and get the point across in a bit more depth. I hope you like it. I have to go now, but I will send you a copy of this message to your email so that we can keep in touch that way. Thanks so much for your kind words and best of bloody luck to you both!


    Rick and Jasna

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