nara 007I am British, but attach no importance to it. I have lived all over (Africa, Spain, the Americas) and the more I travel the less relevant Nationalism seems.  I like tacos and tequila and anybody who has a sense of humour.  You could say I was a “humourist” as I think those without humour are substandard human beings who should be tickled with feathers for a week and then shot through the lungs.

My star sign is “Minibus” which means I have a gentle nature and can transport up to 12 people within the city limits without further licencing.

I have four national identity cards – all with different birthdates on (absolutely true) and my only dislikes are religions, the Royal Family and shellfish.


17 Responses to Rick

  1. Just got your book Get Real Get Gone and love it! It’s very well written, love your sense of humor, it tells me just what I want to know! Great work!! Hope you two are well and having fun!



  2. Ron says:

    I have a whole bookshelf full of books on sailing. I also have some of the other book titles you talk about in your book “Get Real, Get Gone” and I have to say that the information I was always looking for in those other books I have found in yours. “Get Real, Get Gone” is going to be relevant for a long time because it speaks to every man or woman who wants to go to sea but does not know how or does not think they can do it. I learned more in the first half of your book than in all the others combined!
    Thanks for an informative and outstanding read. It has shortened my journey to the cruising life that I first started planning 20+ years ago.
    Best Regards,

    • rick says:

      Hi Ron,

      What a fantastic review! Thanks so much! I will send you an email and hopefully get more of your story….

  3. Nick Hill says:

    I just finished your book, it was a great read with a good blend of humour, information & adventure. The book has inspired us in our cruising aspirations & we love the Portland Pudgy suggestion!

    • rick says:

      Hi Nick,

      Glad you liked the book (we would appreciate it if you could share that positivity on amazon.com, amazon.ca, amzon.co.uk etc). The Portland is a fabulous bit of kit, built to last a lifetime. But it comes with a price! After the first immediate intake of breath, once you have picked yourself up off the floor and look at it again, it does not seem too bad. Any ocean liferaft is going to cost 4k and needs regular (1000) services (technicians are often not available either) plus you need a good tender (1000) plus a sail kit (1500) and space for them all. A bit spendy at fkrst, but a bloody goodmidea if you are in it for the long haul!

      Thanks for getting in touch Nick. Let us know if you need any help getting out here or the occasional motivational butt-kick.



  4. Harikrishna Meghani says:

    hi Rick, i just seen your episode with ben fogle. it was great. i am highly impressed by your choice of life. i love sea and that is why ur life has special affection for me. keep inspiring. looking to meet u sometime

    • rick says:

      Hi Harikrishna,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for your kind words. If you ever need any advice as to how you can also live on the sea, we are always happy to help. We look forward to meeting you on the blue!

      Thanks again

      Rick and Jasna

  5. James Hurley says:

    Hi both. Bought your book on Wednesday, it was delivered on Friday, I sold my Snapdragon 27 on Saturday, handed over the keys on Sunday and today, Monday, I’m reading Part 2 of your book rather than going to work and completing handover of ‘Enchantress’ to her new owners. Your book is an inspiration and confirms my plans and budgetary expectations as I prepare to buy ‘the boat for retirement’ (I’m only 53) and a sustainable watery lifestyle. THANKS you have saved me from buying a spade rudder-led tub and I think this afternoon I’m about to find out more of wind steering and insurance to put icing on the cake. Not that I haven’t thought of these things, and my Cruising Plan Summary and Cruising Plan Excel workbook would be testament to that, but you have just made it so clear and attainable. I am on the right path. Wishing you both fair winds and a steady helm. I’m sure we’ll meet someday. Take care xx

  6. Steve Bonham says:

    Rick and Jasna,
    Reading thru your book (GR-GG) a second time now (and I expect to make a few more cycles thru it!) – this time with a yellow highlighter and a pen to make notations in the margins and on the last few (blank – thanks!) pages… and also with my laptop handy – as ya’ll often mention sites of high interest to me – but the first time thru I couldn’t STOP reading! Ha!! Your book is one of the best on sailing I have read (right up there with Bode’s _First You Have to Row a Little Boat_) – and I’ve read close to a hundred. I’ve been sailing since I was a teen – nearly 50 years now and I am now contemplating the “Sea Gypsy” life style… a more modest footprint – more earth friendly – less consumer/thing oriented. Thanks for this wonderful contribution to sailing and to our ***society*** in general.I’m hopeful that others will be exposed to your point of view. I will certainly advise it as a great read.

    • rick says:

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks a million for your great feedback. Most appreciated! I have sent you a message to your email.

      R n J

  7. Don Spinell says:

    Reading your book. No mention of keel-centerboard hull to solve the problem of sneaking into shoal waters. We sailed an old Pearson 35 on the Great Lakes in our younger days, and found it quite satisfactory.

    • rick says:

      Hi Don,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We do mention lifting keels in the book, you must have missed that bit!



  8. Rod Brown says:

    Hi Guys,

    I just wanted to say thank you for such a beautifully written, and inspirational book.

    Having just read it for the second time, I’ve bought the boat! A Contessa 26 (hope you approve).

    Best Regards,


  9. Mark kosak says:

    Go Rick.

    Just saw your program with Ben. I suddenly thought I recognise that man. Then saw a picture of you gigging in London with Phil. I am Phil’s nephew Mark. We used to see you from time to time when we were growing up.
    Great lifestyle you have and extremely jealous.

    Happy sailing.



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