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.

People get caught out by extraordinary offers that arrive in spam folders, but it is hard to believe that people could really be so gullible. And yet, we are told, they are.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Money, money, money ... The absolute fortunes spamsters offer ought to give them away. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
‘Scams are designed to trick you into disclosing information that will lead to defrauding you or stealing your identity,’ says a police website.

‘Examples of email scams include emails offering financial, physical or emotional benefits, which are in reality linked to a wide variety of frauds.

'These include emails posing as being from ‘trusted’ sources such as your bank, the Inland Revenue …

Strange porn offerings

'They ask you to click on a link and then disclose personal information.’

Apart from very strange porn offerings, the most common offerings that arrive in my spam folders are incredible offerings of vast sums of money about to come my way, if only I will get in touch. Nigerians seem to be keen spamsters, and yet their temptings remain unbelievably unbelievable. Take this one which arrived on the 8th.

$5 million carrot

Apologies if you were a lucky recipient, too, and doubly apologies if like me you care about the English language.

The message comes allegedly from one Mr Femi Brown who seemingly uses a Czech email address - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

‘This mail is been writing to you because we have come to understand that you have lost a lot of money all because you want to receive your fund well note that all that have been put to a stop as the federal government of Nigeria has promised to assist you with the sum of $5million in other to compensate you and all you have to do is fill the below information s.
1 full name; 2 home phone and cell phone number; 3 occupation; 4 amount that was lost by you.
Send this and get back at once.
Warm regards

Oh, sure, complete the details and receive five million dollars!

Perhaps it all depends on areas of our own vulnerability. For instance, if you’re plane-mad - rather than plain mad - and an offer came with a free half-size model of a Spitfire in return for some of your details, perhaps you’d be susceptible, too.

If one came from a ‘publishing house’ simply begging me to let them publish my latest manuscript promising a cheque for $5 million in return for some private details, I’d delete that, too.

However, if the request came offering a modest $100, I can’t promise that I would be quite so sensible.

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