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.

The vast Justin Bieber entourage, arriving in Cape Town for a multi-billion profit tour, received a big scare when they learned that the Sailing to Purgatory blogger team was due to appear at a nearby Friends of the Library gathering that very night, it's rumoured.

If, like me, you're wondering what a Justin Bieber is, I'll pass on the advice given to me. Think of body tattoos on top of last week's body tattoos, charity shop beach shorts, and a conceit rather longer that an extending microphone strapped to the side of a head.

Oh, a singer?
The singer.
A popular vocalist?
The star that's brighter than Venus.
You'll find Venus is a planet.

When the entourage for non-capitalistic, non-rip off Sailing to Purgatory arrived in historic False Bay to speak to Friends of Fish Hoek Library, we could see why the Just In Griever was suffering considerable grief.

If the adventure book's visit drew such a crowd, how was the Heaver crowd going to fill the former FIFA world cup stadium's 550 seats at a mere hundred pounds or so a ticket?

Good people that they are, a few kind souls considered helping the vocalist by diverting to the stadium, but a recitation by Wendy changed their minds.

Our visit to Fish Hoek was excellently arranged by Jenny Strickland. Lots of questions were asked, and interest shown, with many determined to get Sailing to Purgatory as soon as deliveries reach South Africa.

It's not at all clear if Mr Fever was treated to applause to match the book review's audience. The reaction of the police and traffic authorities was clearer.

Fish Hoek authorities reported little trouble with rampant gals and rampaging cars. 'We'd welcome more of the Sailing to Purgatorial appearances,' Officer Smidt said from the False Bay police HQ. 'You'd not be hearin' that declared by our broers in Kaapstad.'

Many thanks to Jenny Strickland and those great people of Fish Hoek for a really memorable evening.

And abundant thank yous for visiting the blog

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