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.

Amazing news for friends, relatives and associates! You're about to receive a seemingly very naughty video or two showing your host here at it. Well, sorry to inspire blushes, both admiring girls at it and him at it in the singular.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Pay up, or else ... Sorry about the poor quality of the screen prints here, but hopefully they set the scene.
Very odd to report but I am being blackmailed, and if I don't cough up, my dear blackmailer will send on the incriminating films that apparently I would rather not see, and probably prefer friends, relatives and associates not to see, either.

The blackmailing comes out of the blue, out of the internet where, apparently, a clever snoop has 'seen' me ogling energetically a porn film.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
A scam? ... Who knows, but Google offered this site when searching for the odd ransom amount, $1,739.
Imaginative observer, he says he's videoed me drooling over porn site girls busy doing what mothers tend to discourage.

Even worse – or even more ghastly, I imagine – he watched my reaction to the naughty girls as, apparently, I performed what mothers warn risks blindness.

Blackmailers of old covered their tracks so that the fuzz and the victim could never find them. However, this blackmail demand comes in an email. I presume the demand's address isn't real.

There will be clues

However, as Dr Watson would have heard often enough, there will be clues. And an outstanding one, in this case, is the price I am to pay. In its own way, it is highly unlikely and extraordinary.

The price for destroying the 'evidence' is $1,739. Yes, a dollar under 1,740 US smackeroos. Where on earth would the blackmailer have dreamed up that figure?

Yes, if he lived in UK, it might well be his broadband bill for a month or his water rates.

But if he might be a Brit, surely he would have wanted the ransom in noble pounds, unless he is wary of the effect of the seemingly unavoidable Br-x-t on our currency.

I think Mr Holmes would agree, though, that $1,739 is the vital clue. Accordingly, I asked Uncle Google and he offered a YouTube video that questions whether the offer is a scam.

How to be a millionaire

The accusing title on the video reads, ZEUS 2 Review By ZEUS Investments Is A SCAM Trading Software? $1,739 LIVE Proof!

The first minute or two of the spiel of the front man, who oddly has a striking resemblance to our esteemed opposition leader, makes it appear that he knows how to make millionaires of us all in a very short time.

The blackmailer will settle only for Bitcoins. Sounds as if the envelope would be pretty weighty.

Perhaps I could take the easy route and not pay up and then friends, relatives and associates will be getting a couple of free videos. So the blackmailer says. I wonder who the, well, performer will actually turn out to be?

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