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.

It’s not often – if ever – that a right wing paper excites me, but what pleasure to see Peter Brookes’ cartoon in the online version of the Times newspaper today! Peter Brookes for knighthood! Peter Brookes for president!

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Summing up ... Peter Brookes' brilliant lampooning of some ungallant Brexiteers.

He sums up the nonsense of Brexit so brilliantly. To get the electorate to vote against a united Europe, two utter bounders from public school life handed out extravagant nonsense to the public.

The writing on the bus and the nonsense spieled out about the savings! Who would have imagined for a moment a comparatively well treated public would swallow it?

Slimmest majority

But did they, and to the surprise of the actual majority, the vote's slimmest majority revealed their gullibility.

I asked a few proud of their anti-vote, ‘Why?’ The most common response – even more than the nonsense dished up by the supposedly best educated, was the ‘huge’ increase of EU people living here now – ‘taking our jobs’, contributing to the housing shortage, bringing strange perhaps dangerous faiths into UK society.

‘Which ones?’ I wondered, for the changing shape and shade of Londoners has been constant through the 47 years since I returned. And apart from height, how would you tell a Pole from a Plymouth-born and bred parishioner?

Probably refugees

Fingers pointed to relative strangers on the street, people very obviously not from Europe, but from much further East, and probably refugees.

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Peter Brookes ... Putting the Brexiteers in their place.

I’ve mentioned before the odd little ruse of the government’s anti-press posse to smoke-screen by hitting out at the gropers in the house, and elsewhere, while ignoring the way both, all, genders dress these days. It’s smart and snappy and very form-fitting.

Not long ago Nature might have encouraged us to wonder about equipment kept well-hidden over the centuries.

There are no secrets these days – the shape of everything is there for all to see.

And if you admire what you see, as humans have done since the Garden of Eden, can we really be blamed if excitement prompts some to gasp, perhaps to touch? Nothing new about that.

Best of British humour

The ploys continue in the attempt to divert attention from the botched handling of an exit from Europe. But talented Peter Brookes has revealed the nonsense with the best of British humour.

If only our, er, leaders took the message from the cartoon and had the courage to put the question back to the electorate - only this time to restrict public figures to honest opinion, not extravagance masquerading as fact.

Thanks very much for visiting the blogs for Sailing to Purgatory, the book of my last oceanic voyage, 8,000 miles to what ought to have been a happy retirement from my mistress, the sea. However, it was just about the exact opposite ...

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