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According to Cruising World,  the Island Packet 38 is the ninth best cruising boat in the world.  Not a bad position!  Not bad at all when you consider that the study also included  lightly built coastal cruisers.  I have been so impressed …

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It has been my great pleasure this week to welcome back Ben Fogle and the team for another visit.   Back in 2015, Ben Fogle and the team spent a couple of weeks on board Calypso to get a taste of the …

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Anyone fancy joining me and one other for the trip from Fiji to Fortuna and back? Leaving the end of the month/early June and should take about 3 weeks or so and be quite good fun.  Leaving Fiji at the …

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Actually, she was sold over 18 months ago but the new owner kept me waiting for a while, eventually taking over back in September.  Sorry to be so tardy in posting, but the sale of the boat was all wrapped …

Get Real, Get Gone – now available in German!

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Nr. 1 Bestseller jetzt auch auf Deutsch erhältlich !! As promised, Get Real, Get Gone  is now available in German.  You can download the ebook or order the paperback here. Coming soon… Spanish, French and Portuguese! ‘Denke nicht einmal daran ein Boot …

 

The Boatyard Vava’u, Tonga

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All boat owners share the same two desires when they haul out: Get your stuff done Get back in the water Boatyards are pretty much a means to an end and certainly not a place to linger if your psychological or …

 

Donald Crowhurst – a true sailing icon

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Fifty years and gallons of ink have passed since the first Golden Globe Single Handed Around the World Race and to coincide with this anniversary, Hollywood is releasing a film about one of the competitors and a personal hero of …

 

Never too old

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The sea gypsy community is packed with odd, interesting life stories. There are many unusual sailors out there and this is the story of one of them. It was a spring day in the Netherlands and the sun warmed the …

 

Do you suffer from MIAS? A simple self-test

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Are you suffering from M.I.A.S (Musical Instrument Acquisition Syndrome)? Already a serious illness that affects millions worldwide, MIAS sufferers who live in small spaces are doubly at risk as their increasing instrument and associated supplies (reeds, strings, manuscripts, bongs, etc) …

 

Moorea – Hollywood’s Backdrop

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When I was told that Moorea was the filming location for both South Pacific and Jurassic Park, I was torn between the desire to see how a landscape could be so contradictory and the very real fear of being torn …