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.

Yesterday I was wondering how to pitch my protest if I decided to make my ill-feelings for President Chump public. An email had just arrived from the Green Party inviting me to raise objections with them.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
You can protest ... but who will actually hear your message? Photo by Spenser on Unsplash
It’s one thing to decide to protest publicly, but in the case of this unsavoury visitor, what could be the most effective method?

Might it be shouting in a mob or carrying a placard, or firing off some powerful rockets from National Service days?

The actual words shouted don't matter really as yelling anything at all different from the majority of howls is hardly likely to be heard.

What to write?

A placard poses challenges. What to write or paint, daub or draw on my cardboard or plywood square?

However, an answer came within an hour or so of posting my concern on the Sailing to Purgatory website, and on Facebook, and Blogger. It popped into my inbox from the Lib Dems, in the name of the deputy leader Jo Swinson.

She invited your scribe and a zillion others to join their protest ... and to come equipped with whistles horns, placards, posters, water, snacks and sunscreen. Presumably the last three were not actually for the vocal side of the protest.

A world-wide protest

The Lib Dems and objectors will meet at 2pm at the All Souls Church, 2 All Souls’ Place, Marylebone, London W1B 3DA, just five blocks north of Oxford Circus, and close to the BBC.

The protest will go across the world via social media. ‘Don’t forget to tweet and post throughout the day,' prompted Ms Swinson, 'telling us why you are marching with the Lib Dems using our hashtag #LibDemsAgainstTrump.

'You can also email your photos and videos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..'

Nothing left to chance there. So which group should I join, or should this singlehanded Cape Horner protest solo … and for that matter, should I really protest out there on the street at all tomorrow? Perhaps that's the real question ...

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