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 tribute to that au natural poet, Robert Graham, who never seems to get the considerable credit his skill deserves, nor perhaps the audience.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Sensing eternity ... The ancient abbey that caught poet Robert Graham's imagination. Thanks to Wikipedia for the photo originally from Urban at French Wikipedia. - Transferred from fr.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 3.0,
I like this latest on his website, Healing Gardens dot click, which follows a visit to the ancient Italian monastery, St Wandrille.

Robert tells us that he felt drawn to the abbey after reading Patrick Leigh Fermor's book 'A Time to Keep Silence'.

The poem reveals the deep impression the ancient building, built in the 600s, had on him.

Abbeye de St Wandrille de la Fontanelle

At Wandrille, in August rain,
Old, before the Normans came,
Where you can see our infant isle,
In local stone and timbered tile,

And where you can sense eternity,
In vanished stone and forest tree,
At St Wandrille, in August rain,
Old, before the Normans came.

Robert Graham's corner of the web is here ...

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