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.

When Lyndsey picks up a book to read, he has to work rather harder than most of us. If we had to go through this mental challenge, we mightn't be such keen readers.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Hard read ... Lyndsey has his copy of Sailing to Purgatory, but to read it will be more demanding for him than for most of us.
Lyndsey, probably Kingston Council's top worker on the School Lane estate - nominated council worker of the year in 2014 - has to go through a considerable process to read.

He visited yesterday with his copy of Sailing to Purgatory to show me that my story is getting onto the shelves in UK bookshops.

Lyndsey, who hails from the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, has a good command of English. However, Wikipedia reminds us that French is also an important language.

Very laborious

I didn't like to ask, because his English is so accomplished, but it must be that he was brought up speaking French.

When Lyndsey reads, he told me, he first has to translate the words into French. I suppose the mind does that quickly, but it does sound very laborious, though that may be mostly a reflection on my poor classroom French.

'I'll begin this weekend,' he said. 'Can't wait.'

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