Where is Calypso II?

Calypso II is sailing around around the South Pacific Islands and currently preparing to leave Fiji for the passage to Australia.

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See you out there!



31 Responses to WHERE IS CALYPSO

  1. Graham & Pam says:

    Hi Rick
    great to see you are still afloat!
    We you get the chance give us a call


    • Rick says:

      Hi P and G, I have tried you a couple of times! When is good for you?

      • Graham & Pam says:

        Hi Rick,
        sunday nights are best we are usually speaking again by then following a week of stress and strain …..though window of opportunity is only brief and back to normal by monday evening …….the bliss that is married life 🙂

  2. Graham & Pam says:

    Hi Rick
    how is the sea nice and warm !
    Hope your keeping well

    P & G xxx

  3. Rick says:

    Hi P and G!

    Very warm here thanks. (Warmer than Warrington for sure). How is life in Blighty?

    • Graham & Pam says:

      Hi Rick & Jasna!
      we have had a great summer honest!
      Just got back from lake como lovely place but a little bit like gods waiting room if you know what I mean! however the food was fab and some lovely gardens to visit !!!
      Pam still flying about hither and yon and I’m still getting out on the bike trying to keep fit, not sure if we have mentioned our new boy marvin ?

      P & G

      • Graham says:

        Happy New Year to You Both !!!
        Hope you are keeping well and the wooden pointy thing keeps going where you point it !
        Send postcard from where you are XXX

  4. rick says:

    Will do! A Happy New Year to you both too!

    PS Is Marvin a person, dog or horse?

  5. Graham says:

    Hi Both
    so sorry to hear of your disaster with the boat, I’ll bet you were spitting fire with the sitter…… what a fool!
    At least you have the skills to repair or replace so refurbishment cost can be kept to a minimum its also an opportunity to overhaul/maintain the bits! so once its done it will be seaworthy and you will be confidant with the boat once again.
    I hope the boat sitter got some shades of blue around each eye to match the bilge water!
    Pam sends her love G & Marvin XXX

  6. Graham Ruddick says:

    Hi folks fantastic news on the book is there no end to your talents?
    Could your next book be a cowboy with lots pale faces and red skins all beating each other up …..I’m also a fan of gangster books !
    Are you at sea again or still in reconstruction, we are off to sorrento in a couple of weeks for some R & R
    Pam send big hugs and XXX’s to you both G X :

  7. Your book was one of the reasons we are getting things in order to get gone. My husband has been a truck driver for 40 years. After raising four kids, it is time for us to take some time to enjoy us. Our sailboat will be the perfect place. Thanks for the encouragement.

  8. Graeme says:

    Hey Rick, Jasna. Hope your well? Going back to your thread on MIAS….for a laugh, I will send you a photo showing just how bad my symptoms are! All up for sale if you fancy any? (maybe not the Martin) What is the best format to send so you don’t destroy your data allowance and if you are interested of course.
    On another note, just managed to get a mooring at Barmouth, N. Wales for ‘Cyaneus’ my Harrier….so planning a few trips, Isle of Man, Ireland etc. While I plan my escape from the hampster wheel…sell up and get gone.
    Thank you both for inspiring me.
    Fair winds

  9. rick says:

    Ha ha! I am not allowed any more musical instruments. In fact, I am selling a nice blue grass banjo and I have already sold my alto sax. I will be down to 1 guitar, 1 drum and 1 ukelele. Don’t tell Jasna, but this is because I am planning to buy a tenor sax soon…. 🙂

    Send your pic to sailingcalypso@gmail.com. What instruments will you take with you (I am guessing the Martin, right?)

    Thanks for your kind words… we are pleased as punch that you found some inspiration in the book (have we bullied you into writing a review yet on amazon?). Let us know if you have any questions, we are happy to help.


    R n J

  10. Hey guys,

    I just finished your book and wow! So great! I am handing my kindle off to my husband tonight so he can read it. I have the opposite problem than most where I, the wife, wants to become a sea gypsy but my husband is hesitant (we both love sailing but it’s cutting the cord to land life that has him worried – aging parents, a job that pays well he actually enjoys, worried about money if we set off etc…). Anyway, I hope after reading your book he will be closer to taking the plunge after seeing you don’t need to be a millionaire to do it and it can be sustainable if we are smart.

    One question I have I didn’t see covered in the book: what about health insurance? My guess is you are covered because you come from a country with universal health care. We are United States citizens are are in the dark ages in regards to that unfortunately. Thanks for any advise and please keep on updating your site – love following along Now that I’ve discovered you!


    Jennifer Rose

  11. Eoinsan says:

    Saw you ‘sailing past’ on a TV show last night, from the Atlantic island of (E)ire-land; like a breath of fresh air, the pair of you are 🙂 thanks for sharing & best wishes and happy trails!

  12. Bodin Starcevic says:

    I just saw the BBC (2015) -Amazing,I ak sending my best wishes from Eastern Europe,I wish you friendly sea.

    • rick says:

      Thanks Bodin!

      The TV are coming back to make another one in October (not sure when it will be broadcast though). I will drop you an email when I know more. 🙂

  13. Chris Matenko says:

    still sailing ?

    • rick says:

      Absolutely Chris…. currently in Fiji. I have been a bit slack in posting, but I will remedy that soon. Where are you?

  14. Paul Jarvis says:

    Hi Rick,

    Just saw the Ben Fogle (return) programme about your life.

    Also,read your book and really enjoyed it.

    I have very similar outlook on life to yourself.Retired at 52,spent many years crewing on offshore racing boats on the south coast of England and am very tempted by your lifestyle.

    Apart from the sailing advice in the book,I really agree with your outlook on life as regards minimalism etc.

    I will follow your travels with great interest.


    Paul J

  15. Roy Bailey says:

    Hi Rick

    Also saw you on tv with the Fogleator, immediately bought your book and am really enjoying it.

    So very tempted to buy Calypso and follow in your wake ………

    When are you going to announce what your new plans are?



  16. Jim says:

    Second time through your book first time to web site. I am currently planning, real soon to be on the water. Been 30 years in the making and i can finally see the sea. Great nook to get me out of the marina.

  17. Anne says:

    Hi Rick just watched your programme with Ben Fogle on Return to Wild. Just wondered if you were still sailing and where you were now. I am a 70+ lady and wish I could have done what you have done. I don’t know how you manage that boat with sails and all and when can you sleep? How has the corona virus affected you? I live in South Africa and really love the sea but don’t get to see it very often. Take care and let me know if you still by yourself and where you are now. Anne.

    • rick says:

      Hi Anne,

      Thanks for getting in touch – I am glad you enjoyed the program.  There are plenty of 70 year old sailors out here, so maybe you will decide to give it a try in 2021?
      I have not really been affected by Covid because I was in Fiji when it broke out which is Covid free.  I then decided to sail to Australia (largely covid free) which meant a bit more paperwork than usual, but my time at sea was counted against my quarantine (conveniently the trip lasted14 days) so after a quick Covid test, I was released into the general population.

      As far as sleeping is concerned, that is only problematic on passage and even then only in shipping lanes (I just cat nap in shipping lanes).  Most evenings, I drop my anchor in some idyllic little cove, listen to the turtles and snuggle into my extremely comfy berth (after a suitable amount of rum).
      If you decide to give it a go (or would just like to know more) I have written a little book about it.  So many people wanted to know how I live like a millionaire on so little money – and the answer is quite long – so I wrote it all down.
      It is available in English, German, Portuguese and Spanish by clicking here.

      (Sorry, not in Afrikaans yet!).

      Thanks again for getting in touch – I hope you have a great 2021


  18. Matthew Nuttall says:

    Hi Nick,

    I just caught up with your episodes on Ben Fogle’s programme – brilliant.. what an adventure and inspiration!!

    I haven’t done much sailing but did experience force 7 or 8 crossing the English Channel whilst sailing to Cherbourg. I was about the only crew member who wasn’t sea sick so ended up at the helm in the wind and rain with waves splashing me! Blindly trying to follow my few instructions with another novice on the main sail. Our skipper was down below feeling unwell. When he came back on deck he said we best turn back and pretty soon all was well with the world again. The experience did put me off sailing quite a bit, but I can see the appeal in nicer weather.

    I’m looking forward to reading your book and following what you are up to..


    Matt (UK)

    • rick says:

      Hi Matt!

      Thank for getting in touch. Don’t let a bad experience put you off! Those are the ones that make the good experiences really good and drive them into the realm of ecstatic!

      I hope reading the book gets you going again. Feel free to drop me a line on sailingcalypso@gmail.com with any questions or if you need a motivational arse-kicking.

      Cheers matey

      Rick (Nick)

  19. Jeff Freeman says:

    Hey Rick, It’s Jeff with Nereus the Westsail 32 from California. Thanks again for your time and assisting me with my decision to purchase the Westsail, it’s amazing ! We had some emails back and forth then this Covid thing happened right when you were embarking on something new. Not sure if you still use the email from “Get Real Get Gone”?
    I’m reading here about you being on TV. I haven’t seen any of this yet. I would like to stay in touch. I hope all is good and then some for you.

    Fairwinds my friend !

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