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¡El Best Seller de Amazon nº1 en ventas ya disponible en español! (Now available in Spanish!)

¡El Best Seller de Amazon nº1 en ventas ya disponible en español! (Originalmente publicado en inglés bajo el título “Get Real, Get Gone”) “Ni se te ocurra pensar en comprarte un barco hasta que hayas leído este libro”.Tom Cunliffe (legendario marinero … Continue reading

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I am in the Daily Mail – my life is complete

I was hoping to get through my life without ever being in that ghastly rag, but ‘never say never’.  I suppose.   For non-UK readers, the Daily Mail is a sensationalist, right wing tabloid newspaper popular with xenophobes and extreme conservatives.  … Continue reading

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Back on the Telly Again!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Calypso story forges ahead with another episode on British TV tonight (New Lives in the Wild Revisited, channel 5, 9.00pm) More than five years after his first visit, … Continue reading

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Self  Isolation Sea-Gypsy Style (or ‘business as usual’)

In these troubling times,  many people have learned that being cooped up at home is not very much fun.  That is, of course, unless your home is a yacht. We nautical nomads have generally suffered  less from the Covid 19 … Continue reading

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It’s Official! Calypso II “Ninth Best Cruising Boat in the World”

According to Cruising World,  the Island Packet 38 is the ninth best cruising boat in the world.  Not a bad position!  Not bad at all when you consider that the study also included  lightly built coastal cruisers.  I have been so impressed … Continue reading

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Return to the Wild – the Fogleator is back…..!

It has been my great pleasure this week to welcome back Ben Fogle and the team for another visit.   Back in 2015, Ben Fogle and the team spent a couple of weeks on board Calypso to get a taste of the … Continue reading

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Anyone fancy the trip to Fortuna?

Anyone fancy joining me and one other for the trip from Fiji to Fortuna and back? Leaving the end of the month/early June and should take about 3 weeks or so and be quite good fun.  Leaving Fiji at the … Continue reading

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All change at Sailing Calypso!

Actually, she was sold over 18 months ago but the new owner kept me waiting for a while, eventually taking over back in September.  Sorry to be so tardy in posting, but the sale of the boat was all wrapped … Continue reading

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Get Real, Get Gone – now available in German!

Nr. 1 Bestseller jetzt auch auf Deutsch erhältlich !! As promised, Get Real, Get Gone  is now available in German.  You can download the ebook or order the paperback here. Coming soon… Spanish, French and Portuguese! ‘Denke nicht einmal daran ein Boot … Continue reading

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The Boatyard Vava’u, Tonga

All boat owners share the same two desires when they haul out: Get your stuff done Get back in the water Boatyards are pretty much a means to an end and certainly not a place to linger if your psychological or … Continue reading

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