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, celebrity adventurer Ben Fogle drops in on previous hosts to find out whether they are still as enamoured with their chosen off-grid lifestyle and what, if anything, has changed for them.
Well for me, nothing really significant has changed- I am still bobbing away on the ocean, but in quite a different way. Several years have passed since Jasna disembarked Calypso under a bit of a cloud and even the boat itself has been replaced – the old faithful Hans Christian 36 making way for the much-improved Calypso II, a rather fantastic Island Packet 38 (making this the third boat in my trilogy of ownership and also my favourite). So, as the Kenyans say, ‘same, same, but different’.
What I think will be different about this episode is that they allowed me to rant on a bit more about my favourite subject – the fact that virtually anybody can leave the shore for a new life afloat.
I haven’t seen the program yet and have no idea how it was edited, but it was great fun to make and will hopefully be a little more successful in promoting the message that was a little lost in the original, namely:
If a doofus like me can do it, then anybody can!
I hope it inspires you budding sailors teetering on the edge to make the jump. Come on in – the water is very warm indeed!
As always, feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or just need a good old-fashioned, motivational kick in the pants.
Stay safe everybody and go sailing!
Captain Rick ‘slightly fishy’ Page