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.

Why is the mysterious journalist who holds seemingly such a star role in the sacked defence minister scandal never invited onto the stage?

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Charming internationals ... Say what Madam likes, the fired defence minister seems to have been a popular Brit, as this shot of him meeting up with US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in November 2017 suggests. Thanks to Wikipedia:Wikipedia
Have we, or have we not, been treated to unending speechifying by various government names, including I seem to recall, the alleged spy himself, Gavin Williamson.

We’ve been hearing how the guilty/not guilty politician (perhaps it’s ex-politician) Mr Williamson strenuously denies being the source of the leak.

We haven’t heard the voice of the, er, lady PM talk about her angry sacking of the fellow, but her Downing Street heavies have certainly been adding to the cacophony.

Suffering public

We, the suffering public, have been told that following an inquiry into the leak which gave the Daily Telegraph its hottest edition for a long time, the Defence Minister was dumped by an irate Madam PM.

Someone, we learn, told the Daily Telegraph of the support of Madam herself for the Chinese company Huawei’s involvement with UK's 5G network. A sort of enquiry followed which reckoned that Williamson was the informant. He doesn’t hold his hand up to that, quite the reverse, and her ladyship, probably still quite hoarse from the unending debates over brexit, dashed off a vitriolic letter.

Downing Street reckons that’s all there is to say: Subject closed.

Oh, that sacred word

Only, isn’t there a witness who might offer an opinion?

I gave up my senior journalist role in favour of a professional life afloat, and that an awful lot of sea miles ago. However, I will never forget the haranguing a number of we new junior reporters endured over the sacred word, confidence.

We must never, never divulge our sources was the rant of the paper’s MD. However, I recall no addendum that stopped a journalist from denying falsely blamed sources.

Surely, the Telegraph reporter has only to be asked: Did Williamson, defence secretary since 2017, spill the beans from the National Security Council?

Of course, had someone simply wanted to get rid of the rather dishy Mr W for seemingly seeking the PM’s seat, in a manner of speaking, then a balanced inquiry may not help.

Considering that a member of the government is paid regularly by the Telegraph for his reports, it is singularly odd that his name has never entered the debate.

Maybe it’s not because he didn’t get an invite to the meeting, but because he has the ear of so many who were...

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