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.

Generalisations can be dangerous, I know, and I've carelessly adopted that old adage, methinks she protests too much. But - really! - to hear day after day the vociferous moans to the media by gals who imagine themselves as film stars, wanting to enjoy the ego-trip of all time, the admiration, adulation and wealth reserved only for so very few, and yet balking at the price of entry.

I get the impression that they want to get into the glitzy, glamorous paradise, but can't escape Mummy's advice.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Life on a pedestal ... Youthful feminine beauty matching those of her gender who seek more than adding to the art of aesthetics. Photographer David Hofmann's model is not involved in any way in the discussion here, of course. Photo by David Hofmann on Unsplash and many thanks to both

It seems to me that if a man is in a position to offer a virtual Paradise on earth - as the aspiring starlets would see it - why wouldn't the blessed girls be happy to pay such an easy price - no credit card needed, no gold bars, no smuggled South African jewels.

It's just what the kids in class tried for often enough, or not often enough depending on the circumstances.

However, a reader of the Sailing to Purgatory website articles - the blogs - sees it another way.

The scandal

Admittedly, from what the reader tells me, he has certainly looked into the publicity surrounding the scandal much more interestedly than your scribe.

Harry Kane of Ealing writes, 'We all agree that monsters exist, we do not have to imagine a beast, it is just people with narcissistic/psychopathic tendencies, who somehow get into a position of control.

'Is it normal or acceptable that the director in the news demanded bedroom action from actresses, otherwise he would black-list them? This has been confirmed by others in a position to know.

'Was it normal for Jimmy Savile to get it from teen schoolgirls he took for a ride in his Rolls?

Sex the price

Is it ok for school teachers and priests to make sex the price for knowledge?

'Is it that once the victim is an adult, then it's ok? In that case, the boss can get it as the reward for his position of power, the producer from his ability to make the actress a star, the Russian soldier brandishing a gun.

'I do not have daughters (but my cousins do), and I want a civilised world for them. We are all just little creatures on this planet, easily trodden on. And yet this is happening at the very dawn of a digital age, an age of likely enlightenment.'

Very good valid points, Harry Kane of Ealing, and thank you for taking me to task. I deserve it. Sorry. Apologies for jumping to conclusions and not looking much more closely at the media reports.

Thanks very much for visiting the blogs for my adventure book, Sailing to Purgatory.

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