Sailing to Purgatory
The final scene in this true adventure shocked the author, too.

‘The reader will be enthralled as Paul, former Fleet Street journalist turned professional yachtmaster, takes us along on his ‘swallowing the anchor’ voyage, his retirement from the sea.

'This self-confessed newish ancient mariner … has spent almost a lifetime sailing solo, as both an ocean going competitive yachtsman, as a DoT Commercial Yachtmaster, and during his circumnavigation to become a singlehanded Cape Horner ... Sailing to Purgatory has all the roller coaster elements of a heart stopping adventure — drama on the high seas, observing life ... undersea volcanoes, a love interest, and waves high enough to scare the pants off most of us.’ - Brenda Vowden, journalist, avid reader

Home from the outside ... St Helenans,
'Saints', round their South Atlantic
island in Midshipman,
en route for Stockholm.

Enterprising forebears ... The house Paul's father designed, and the car his paternal grandfather designed and built.

Running repairs ... crewman Declan checks rig fittings on the superyacht, Midshipman, which Paul sailed from the Cape to Sweden.

Sail power ... Gavin's Howe's beautiful yacht in the Mediterranean.

Rescue in the Southern Ocean ... Yachting World's international edition this month features Paul and Captain Fantastic in its Great Seamanship series.

Pat and Gerry Adamson, two wonderful supporters get Spirit of Pentax ready for her circumnavigation.

Home sweet home ... St Helena islanders, after a voyage round their island home on the superyacht, Midshipman.

Baptism of a Cape Horner ... Lady Chichester names Spirit of Pentax in a ceremony at Brighton Marina.

Homeward Bound 2 is prepared for her attempt on the longest open boat record.

Tri trials ... testing Paul's entry in the singlehanded race across the Atlantic are great friends Ron Pell, Jerry Freeman plus a keen helper.

Cover up ... Bob Abrahams works on cover ideas for Sailing to Purgatory.

Stocking up for 18 months ... Last minute farewells before Spirit of Pentax and Paul left on the long route to become Cape Horners.

Death of a racer ... Baltic Wind flounders after running into a container in the South Atlantic. Paul and a lady shipmate spent eight worrying days in a liferaft.

How very weird to hear love moans rated as news, and news of such international importance that the spotlight moves away from the subject that can affect much more than egos, perhaps the very lives of millions of people around the world.

I’m thinking of nuclear equipment in the hands of a certain tubby despot, and the irregular blogs of a buffoon who it seems the Russians helped make a ‘chosen’ leader of the most powerful nation on earth.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Hidden passion ... Men! What can you do when they act like men, innocent gals of the 2018s wonder, we're told. Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash with many thanks.

And all this news of actresses piqued by suggestive promoters, and assistants of politicians half-deafened by the mating cries from their bosses, and charity organisations actually paying prostitutes for sex.

It might have seemed a mite more scandalous had they expected the excitement to be donated.

Paradise waiting in the wings

And while we’re hearing this earth-shaking news we aren’t able to hear much – next to nothing – of the paradise waiting in the wings once we have shucked off the European scroungers!

You’ll remember that the NHS will become the wealthiest health provider in the globe, once we put those Euro pests in their place.

For the common worker, it will seem like heaven because they won’t be competing with the speed and prices of those tradesmen from across the Channel. How happy that will make householders, too.

After all, a happy plumber makes for the happiest payer of their bills (‘Oops, no cheques, just cash. Makes payin’ VAT so much easier, an’ that.’)

Don’t they have the clout?

Considering that the people seemingly keenest for us to shuck off the German-French-Belgium yoke were our revered expensively educated ministers in high office, it seems such a wonder that they don’t have the clout to beg the papers to please, please dish up the best of Brexit.

Change of subject tomorrow – p r o m i s e.

And whatever happened to the wonderful, er, wit of those, er, brilliant tweets from a certain imposing hotel across The Pond which the media used to treat us to daily? At least, this loss can be interpreted as encouraging news.

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