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.

A big surprise for economy shoppers at my local Lidl shop today – a handsome present of a box of Belgium chocolates.

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Tasty ... Keeping chocolate lovers happy. Photo by Jordane Mathieu on Unsplash
What a welcome surprise for shoppers from this chain we use for better prices … especially as the only giveaway you’ll get at a non-economy supermarket I use from time to time is the non-surprise of increased prices.

For instance, being a wine drinker until a some years ago, I’ve enjoyed Sainsbury’s grape juice.

Not long ago, it look a leap up in price to 75p, then a couple of months or so ago to £1, and now its advertised at £1.25.

Giant price hike

They stocked a really pleasant Columbian coffee for around a pound for a 227g bag. Then it rose to £2, soon to £3, onto £3.50, which even for a non-mathematician is a giant price hike.

What a blaze of publicity would surround a gift from Sainsbury’s or other Brit supermarkets. However, from Lidl no hype at all.

What, experienced supermarket visitors might ask, a gift with nothing expected in return?

Nothing exactly expected, but something certainly hoped for.

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Yummy ... Free chocs to encourage sweet thoughts.
Each shopper’s till receipt, handed over with the chocs, had a line at the bottom highlighted, a request to enter a Lidl survey.

Will people oblige? The surprised expressions around me certainly suggested that most will.

Pleasant approach

I'm sure, too, that the surprisingly pleasant approach will certainly record considerable support.

The generous spirit continued on the Lidl website, which offered those completing the short survey a ‘prize draw’ for a chance to win 'great prizes'.

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