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.

The government’s media experts’ latest plan to shift public attention away from the shambles of brexit has certainly worked this time.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Change of headlines ... The government succeeds in pushing the police to a headline changer.
The police have been nudged into grabbing the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange from his long and ghastly asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy.

And that has certainly changed the headlines, and – putting democratic thoughts to a side for the moment - thank the heavens (or the government media experts) for it.


And most probably so say all of us.

What a pantomime the brexit talks have been, what a really ghastly showing of poor democracy is the whole political nonsense of leaving the EU or not.

And what lies, or huge exaggerations, were used to persuade the populace to vote against remaining.

Yet among the endless arguing within government, what do we hear of those who deliberately misled voters, and the wealthy capitalists’ millions pumped into the leave propaganda? Nothing.

A minority government splits into opposing sides.


Yet isn’t it astonishing that those involved with the red bus propaganda tour of the country, the hype of the vast sum which would go to the NHS upon our withdrawal, that no-one is required to explain.

And now the eccentric who imprisoned himself in an embassy to escape prosecution for sex charges, later withdrawn, and to avoid extradition to the US for the release of film showing US soldiers killing Iraq civilians from a helicopter, is grabbed by a virtual army of police and hauled off to face ‘justice’.

Democratic ideals aside for the moment, as challenging as that is, what a relief not to have to have the latest of the brexit shambles at the start of the news.

The BBC has a very interesting timeline of the Assange histrionics from August 2010 at the bottom of the page here ⇒⇒

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