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 finest book on adventures on sea and disasters on land I have read in a long time, writes an Amazon reader - a 'verified' reader - of Sailing to Purgatory on the giant bookseller's website this week.

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Amazon-ing ... Sailing to Purgatory wins praise on the Amazon website
The reader gives Sailing to Purgatory five stars out of five!

Although the Kindle version is offered on Amazon as a free taster for a brief time, the reader bought a paperback, and a 'verified' Amazon purchase.

The reviewer writes,'

'A superb book of seafaring and survival against the odds, while the waves, sharks or the justice system is trying to have you.

'What I appreciated the most is how well written it is, great descriptions of life on these little exotic islands, you can not only see, but smell and hear everything as you are reading.

Beauties and the beasts

'I have favourites like the beauties and the beasts in the Girly Bar, or the passing corpse (not just a horror of it, but the reflections on eternity and our brief presence on this amazing planet).

'Not to mention braving the storms alone, and the huge surprise twist at the end. If you google the title, you will get to the author's blog where you can read a chapter for free!'

Thanks very much to the anonymous reviewer on Amazon - very grateful for the review and for the wonderful mark and very pleased that you enjoyed the book - and thanks to you for visiting the blogs for my adventure book, Sailing to Purgatory.

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