CONTACT US

You can contact us in the following ways:

  • postal    addresses:  Rick Page, PO BOX 5570, 4870 Cairns, QLD    Australia                                                                                   

  • email    address  sailingcalypso@gmail.com     (this is the only email we can read at    sea via the Pactor modem, but please write only short messages without    attachments!)

  • you    can also write longer emails to rickincognito@gmail.com      and I will reply when I am ashore

  • our    call sign on the SSB radio is KDORSM (Kilo Delta Zero Romeo Sierra Mike)

  • if    you feel very lucky, stick a message in a bottle and toss it in the sea…

31 Responses to CONTACT US

  1. Adam St. John Clarke says:

    Rick, you tried desperately, as I recall to teach me to play like michael brecker, god rest his soul, in your flat in crouch end in the early 90’s perhaps, saw you on the telly and said that’s my old saxophone teacher , my wife said bullshit so I produced my phone book with your name and number in! Loving the idea that you are doing what you want man. I too have an old sailing boat, not as big as yours and a bit more plasticky. Thrilled to hear of you doing your thing. I still have your Stanley turrentine album. Stay happy man. Adam, ( ex long hair, horrid pony tail, motorbikes, old conn 10m)

    • Rick Page says:

      Hi Adam!
      How the fuck are you?? And have you still got that honkin`10m? (that was a nice horn). Are you still playing? I have swung more in the direction of latin guitar these days, but having said that, I just bought myself a new alto sax (well, new to me anyway). Are you still playing (as far as I remember, you were cracking on at a goodly speed). Did you go pro in the end? Dish me all the gossip,
      You can tell your wife that it was definitely me, and that she owes you a dinner out.
      Cheers!
      Rick

  2. Hi Guys I just want to say thanks for the awesome book!
    After seeing you both on TV I fell across your book aswell such a great read hitting some great points. The only downside is the fact Im longing to start my life as a sea gypsy even more! Im currently going through a majour refit of an Albin Vega 27 which will become our floating home sometime soon. and when/if our paths cross I look foward to buying you both a beer!
    Cheers
    Ric

  3. Helen Lakin says:

    Hi, are you the Rick that used to do horse riding holidays in the Alpujarrahs? I have often wondered where you got to and so glad that you are obviously enjoying life, albeit without the neddies now! Do you still have any contacts in Spain – my daughter wants to spend a year working out there with horses, but we don’t know anyone out there. The horse I bought from you is now ancient and enjoying retirement in Anglesey – a long way from Trevelez! Cheers, Helen

    • rick says:

      Hi Helen!
      Sorry for the tardy reply (you were hiding in the trash) but yes! I am he of the neddies. I assume you are she of the acerbic wit who became the owner of Santiago, one of the nicest neddies l ever had? I am glad to hear that he is enjoying his retirement. Did he turn out to be as good a neddie as we thought he might? When did you have a daughter… l dont remember kne being on the cards is Spain.

      I am afraid that the woman l sold the business to was a disaster and that l do not have any contacts to whom l would entrust the welfare of your daughter as generally speaking, the safety standards are shocking in Spain. Write back to me with all your goss on sailingcalypso@gmail.com and that will keep you out of the trash.

      Fantastic to hear from you Helen

      Massive hug,

      Rick xx

  4. Brian says:

    Hey, really enjoyed your book. I’ll leave a review on Amazon in the next few days. I was going to see if you could be so kind as to describe an “average” day (as if there could be such a thing) at anchorage and at sea. The book offers an outstanding primer, and a little of the day-to-day can help us visualize ourselves in the same circumstances, and keep the dream alive. See ya out there!

    Brian

    • rick says:

      HI Brian

      Thanks for getting in touch. J and l are both chuffed that you liked the book and that it seems to have got you hooked on the salty path. (PS: I know it is a pain in the neck, but if you could write us a decent review on amazon as you suggested, that would certainly help sell a few more books!).

      Your question is interesting, because it is unanswerable. There really is no ‘typical day’ on board a boat at anchor, partly because various crews have varying tastes (one crew’s day might involve fishing, another playing the trombone) and partly because the anchorage you pick will define what you do. For example, yesterday we were anchored off the capital city of Tahiti, so we went in to town and did a lot of provisioning and office work. Today we are in Point Venus and there is a massive reggae party on the beach……

      The question is even less answerable than the question, “what is a typical day for somebody who lives in a house?’  ….. at least a house stays in the same place!

      The question becomes a little easier to answer when on passage as the days are more defined by watches. But still, there is a mountain of difference between what you do on board in 10knots and 40knots.

      I understand the motivation for asking such a question and my best suggestion is to advise you to look through our website in order to get a kind of ‘flavour’ of life on board. We try and keep it real (as opposed to the Facebook “everything-is-wonderful-in-my-life” nonsense) and that may get you a better answer than anything glib l might come up with. No doubt that will generate some more specific questions, that we are always happy to answer. We are well aware of how difficult it is starting out to get your head around the whole idea, so no question is too obvious or too personal. Whizz them over on sailingcalypso@gmail.com and we will happily answer them.

      Fair Winds!

      R n J

  5. Jose says:

    I’m watching you guys on BBC Earth “Where the Wild Men Are”
    Congratulations!
    You are living a dream.

  6. Hi guys

    Read your great book and very inspired to live the dream.

    Been thinking about it for years, I’m a scuba diving instructor of over 13 years so love the ocean, traveled all over the world but never found the “secret” to a simply life but after reading Get Real, Get Gone I might have found a glimpse of my future!

    Just wanted to say thanks!!

    Beers & Cheers x
    Daren

    • Jasna says:

      You are most welcome Daren! Thanks for lettings us know you enjoyed the book. We hope to meet you on the sea some day. Cheers

  7. Loved your book. Thank you both for the great insight into getting real and the life of a sea gypsie. I have two questions. 1. Medical considerations…. what do you do regarding being prepared for illness, cuts, scrapes, vaccinations, etc. 2. Where can a potential gypsie find great deals on solid boats?? I know online, but is there a region you can slay a good deal on a used vessel? Thank you for any info.

    Safe travels, Seattle, WA

    Mfiola79@gmail.com

  8. Evan says:

    Hi Guys,
    Got the book two days ago and what a gem!
    I noticed under recommend reading, there’s a book on motorcycles, while the rest are all boating. Is there anywhere in the book that you have made reference to it, as I’m curious as to why it was included.
    Happy days,
    Evan.

  9. Douglas Robertson says:

    Hi guys, myself and my girlfriend read your book. We both loved it so thanks.
    We’ve just bought a seamaster 925. Neither of us know the 1st thing about sailing but we like the sea and stay in the west coast of Scotland so it seems like a good idea.
    Hopefully we can become sea gypsies too.

    Thanks again for a great read

    Douglas and Lyndsay

    • rick says:

      Hi Douglas and Lindsay,

      Thanks for the positive feedback. We are extremely pleased you liked the book and it seems to have nudged you in the gypsy direction (we would be even happier if you would be good enough to repeat those kind sentiments in the review section of Amazon).

      Nice boat the Seamaster – in fact l dont think Kim Holman ever penned an ugly boat! A great boat to earn your stripes on aroung Eigg and Rhum!

      You have taken the first step on a great adventure and you must be pretty excited! Let us know if we can help with any advice – you can email us on sailingcalypso@gmail.com anytime.

      Good luck you guys, we look forward to nearing of your adventures!

  10. Jules says:

    Should you ever get to NZ, I live on the ocean at Boulder Bay, fifteen miles north-east of Coromandel Town facing the Pacific Ocean. Come visit with me in my version of paradise. You would be made most welcome. Jules

  11. Jarek says:

    Hi Guys,

    I read your book and like the story very much. Lots of useful info and practical advice for any sailor. Hope to meet you somewhere sometimes. I saw your boat for sale, hope you stay on the seas?

    Cheers
    Jarek

  12. Hugo says:

    Hi

    I am reading your book, went on the computer and found your website. I like your attitude, great, your book talks about a lot of things I have been thinking about in a similar vein for a long time.

    Last year I spent some time sailing in Brittany, France and, as your book says, it is good to find a place to start – this may be it for me: affordable, interesting sailing and I know people there.

    Anyway, I have to clear the decks but in a couple of years I may start on this and I am planning to buy a small but seaworthy boat. The trouble is, for the boat I am thinking of, many are available in the US, but very few in Europe. I am a reasonably experienced sailor, but I do not think experienced enough for an Atlantic crossing. Do you still do yacht deliveries?

    Cheers

    Hugo

  13. Billy Mitchell says:

    I just finished your book, and wanted to let you know it was an absolute joy to read. I have been a wannabe sea gypsy for years, and the book was not only inspiring, but also encouraging. Are there any plans for another book?

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. I look forward to reading more about your adventures here on the site, and hope to one day cross paths with you and buy you both a beer. Now on to finding the right boat!

    Cheers,

    Billy

  14. Steve Yount says:

    Hello Rick and Jasna,
    I just finished reading your book and I really loved it. I’m quite interested in the cruising lifestyle although I have zero experience in sailing right now (working on that). So I still have lots of questions about all the intricacies of how to do it. Have you thought about writing a “part 2” to your book, as in, “a day in the life”? I’d really love to read about what you typically do from get up to lay down at anchor or at sea. I suspect a lot of others would be interested in that too. I could expound on a list of topics if you like. Thanks again for an excellent book!

    • rick says:

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for that! Interesting point you make. I will give it some thought and send you an email.

      Thanks again,
      Rick

  15. Steve Janko says:

    Hello Rick and Jasna,

    Loved your book. In the process of getting real, so I can get gone. Thanks for the info, the advice, and the inspiration.

    Fair winds,

    Steve

    • Jasna says:

      Thanks for your kind words Steve!
      Glad you liked it, don’t hesitate to write to us if you have any questions.

      Fair winds

  16. Jason Flory says:

    Rick & Janna,

    So, I, on a whim decided to buy a boat and live aboard (Hans Christian 33). A friend of mine recommended your book, so I bought it at once and read it through for the first time, I will certainly give it a reread or two. The book made me much more confident with the boat purchase. I plan to fix her up, learn to sail (never been on a sailboat), and get gone within two years. If you find yourselves in Guam, I’ll buy you a beer. Thanks for the great information and no holds barred opinions in your book. I can’t wait to be on the sea again, this time for pleasure/adventure, not for the Navy.

    Jason

  17. Jim Thompson says:

    Got the book last week(slow reader)started reading two days ago. For me I can not put it down. Love it. At present do not sail. Can read a compass. Purchased waterproof paper chart and book to explain chart reading. Am 55 yrs. employed as a journeyman electrician in Texas . Houston Metro area. I am patient and long term focused. With little funding but a lot of desire. Enjoying the book and your site. Learning a lot, love your philosophy, mine very similar ok with Sparton life style. I know this is out of sequence but what do you do to fill scuba tanks? I do not scuba at present but will before heading Blue Water. Thank you for helping rekindle a boyhood dream. It is only impossible if we do not try. Thanks Again

    • rick says:

      Thanks for a great post Jim. I can’t tell you how much it means to us when somebody “gets it”. I have sent you an email regarding scuba tanks.

      Thanks again buddy!

      Cheers,

      Rick

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