Get Real, Get Gone: How to Become a Modern Sea Gypsy and Sail Away Forever Paperback – 12 Aug 2015
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About the Author
Rick Page holds an honours degree in Disaster Engineering and Management and is a regular contributor to Cruising Helmsman magazine. He became a RYA qualified skipper in 2008 and has lived aboard every day since 2007 when he bought his first boat Marutji – a steel Van de Stadt 34 (pictured on the cover). Jasna Tuta is a primary school teacher and a qualified Dinghy Sailing Instructor. She has been living the sea gypsy life since 2010 and has published over 200 magazine pages and 64 radio shows. Marutji was also her first boat. She regularly holds sailing courses and talks in Italy and Slovenia, splices rope to chain like it was string, and makes the world’s best lasagna. No question. They are both living aboard their current boat Calypso somewhere in the Pacific.
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The authors (Rick and Jasna) have written this book, not from the armchair or in an air conditioned office, but from on board their boat Calypso as they live the life that the reader is aspiring to. The have made the mistakes and are keen to pass on their 'first hand' knowledge to others in order that they can learn.
If you read deeper into the book it becomes clear that it covers more than just a life on the ocean but it has the fundamental rules by which you can lead a more fulfilling life in whatever alternative path you choose to take.
There is nothing groundbreaking or radical presented in this book but a reinforcement of solid values that you should live the life that YOU want to live the way you want to live it and not succumb to the herd mentality of the many.
Go out and as the book title says 'Get Real, Get Gone'
A must read for a Real Life.
You're reading the reviews and have downloaded the sample because there's clearly a change in your life you want to make and you probably thought that this type of "escape" was not available to you. Well, it is and this book should be top of your reading list on how to plan and execute your escape to freedom.
Rick, Jasna you've created a truly inspirational book.
Fairwinds and safe seas to all.
If you are serious on sailing and want to materialize your dream doing it the gypsy way, then this book will definately motivate you to want to start doing it already tomorrow!
This doesn't really come across as an instructional book at all and makes a very good read.
The author tells their story with such honesty and humour, it makes this a very easy book to read and understand.
With no assumptions of prior knowledge or experience, the book guides the reader through all the aspects of buying and owning a boat.
So I'm sure this will become a "go to" reference for anyone thinking of getting into sail boat cruising in any way.
I would happily recommend this book. I only wish I'd discovered this book sooner, I would certainly be a "Sea Gypsy" by now.