Calypso, Bristol Channel Cutter #006, will set sail for the Intracoastal Waterway and the Bahamas in early October, taking Jeremy and Nica Waters and crew Julian and Madeleine on adventures as-yet undreamed.
Designed by Lyle Hess, made by the Sam L. Morse Company in Costa Mesa California, this particular classic 28′ fiberglass boat has been a part of the Waters family for more than 17 years. She started life in 1976 as Zurimum and sailed with Rip and Penelope Jane from San Diego to Panama. She became Newsboy with Mike Firestone, and sailed across the Gulf of Mexico to Clear Lake, Texas. She became our Calypso in 1992 and sailed the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean for 3 years before heading to the Chesapeake Bay, where she contentedly remained a weekender until the decision was made in January of 2009 to take her cruising once again. We’ll start our latest adventure with her on October 9 (weather willing) as we head to the Turkey Shoot Regatta and then turn our bow south.
Jeremy and Nica (Dad and Mom, skipper and mate, captain and cook . . .) and Julian and Madeleine
Jeremy – well-accomplished at anything he puts his mind to, Jeremy’s passions include technology and engineering (and the occasional spear-fishing!) He has been sailing since he was 2, and he has sailed extensively in the Med as well as the Caribbean.
Nica – the consummate party-thrower, Nica loves cooking, reading, and hanging out with the family. She is really excited about revisiting the cruising life and seeing it through the eyes of her children!
Julian – turning 10 right before we leave, Julian is excited about homeschooling, shell-collecting, and “being in a place where you can see the bottom.” He will likely have designed our next boat by the time we return.
Maddie – social and introspective, 8-year-old Maddie is anticipating many peaceful hours reading on the boom (her favorite place to hang out). She is nervous about leaving her friends behind but is slowly beginning to realize she will meet many more “out there.” Look for many, many cards and letters from this avid communicator!