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 government hears that life in UK is getting tougher for those of us not exactly flush. Out here on the street we see it, and we know it, we live it.

BBC news confirmed tonight, 'The UK's key inflation rate hit its highest level for more than five years in September, driven up by increases in transport and food prices.

Brexit allows politicians to return to their role as king of the castle. ... at least most of these well-off people are perfectly happy to leave Brussels behind and to rule again.

'The Consumer Prices Index climbed to 3%, a level it last reached in April 2012.'

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.

And we see it in discount supermarkets where people shop carefully. Three examples surfaced at the lower-cost shops I use.

Last week, I watched a lady at the head of the queue handing back groceries to the cashier. She added up the amounts out loud as she returned each item, until the bill matched the sum of the coins in her hand which she then counted out to the girl at the till.

Voices raised

At the weekend, I waited in the cashier queue while a customer explained why he needed four items of a 'special' promoted with a limit of three per customer.

The manager was called, voices were raised, the shopper revealed the exact change he had for the 'special'. And that, he said, was all he had. However, the rule wasn't relaxed and the struggling shopper wasn't permitted to buy what he needed.

And then tonight, a woman beside the cashier looked at the till slip, then at her shopping, said, 'Look, I'm sorry,' and walked away empty-handed.

There's little encouragement for any of those aspiring shoppers, nor for so many who struggle for existence in the face of Brexit.

Tell the truth

Included in the news are more warnings of Brexit's likely damage to the economy. The advice to politicians is to tell the electorate the truth and let them vote again.

Of course, Brexit allows politicians to return to their role as king of the castle. It's no surprise that at least most of these well-off people are perfectly happy to leave Brussels behind and to rule again. What if Brexit costs £20 billion! What's twenty billion to a country like Britain! It's not a sum that the people I see every day could possibly imagine.

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