SAILING ON CALYPSO
Want to come and sail on Calypso for a while?
You are more than welcome! If you have ever wondered what the sea gypsy life is like, then feel free to come and hop on for a while. I often have friends (old and new) hop on board for while and enjoy the experience greatly. You don’t need to be able to sail, but you must come with the idea of making friends and helping out. We do not offer a charter service, so do not expect one.
If you are friendly, happy to pitch in by standing your watch, scrubbing the decks, steering the boat, hoisting sails, cooking and generally getting involved in process of running and maintaining a cruising boat, then I offer the experience for free. I do ask though that you make a small contribution to the cost of food, fuel, dockage, water etc (see the chapter below).
When I have guests, try and keep the sailing civilized. I do not leave harbour in bad weather unless absolutely necessary and try and avoid night passages. Of course, as skipper I am pinioned by my responsibility to the crew and the boat, but I generally try to keep the sailing as
idyllic as possible.
If you fancy some adventurous sailing you can join for a long passage, for example Tahiti to the Cook Islands or Vanuatu to Australia.
Generally though, it makes sense to try and join Calypso in a good cruising area with plenty to see and do (French Polynesia is great, Fiji and Tonga even more…) unless you have already done some sailing, are confident of your sea-legs and fancy the passage.
So, if you have ever wondered what the cruising life is like or simply fancy joining Calypso for a sail, just drop me an email and I will let you know where we are.
The Daily Contribution
The sailing itself is free. As is all the instruction and advice you want.
However, when there are guests aboard, there is of course the extra expense of food, water, propane, petrol, diesel etc,. Furthermore, having guests is expensive in ways that are not so obvious. Guests generally have a limited timescale, so I change the way I cruise. Without guests I tend to cruise like a snail – stopping in nice anchorages for weeks on end. When there are guests, I tend to speed things up , go to more places, run the engine more, use the dinghy more, use marinas more, provision with more imported foods and generally use the boat harder. Guests tend to break thing too and let the sails flog more often!
I would love to invite everybody and pay all the expenses, but because I live on a modest budget, this would only occasionally be possible. I therefore do the next best thing and run Calypso as non-profit boat. Each visitor pays a contribution (currently US $30 a day pp) towards the added expenses. The daily payment covers all meals on board, bedding, mooring and marina fees, diesel, petrol,, propane etc. But does not cover your personal expenses, visas or alcohol.
Most importantly, I ask that you realize what this contribution is for. It is a friendly contribution towards the extra expenses, not a payment for sailing on Calypso, which is free. It is not a charter fee, and Calypso is not a charter boat. If you would like to charter a yacht and a crew, then click here. If, however, you want to muck in and learn what the life of a sea gypsy entails, have some fun and maybe make some new friends, then step aboard – you are more than welcome!