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.

Just as one very brave woman nears the end of an amazing non-stop voyage around the world, another extraordinary lady who possessed astonishing courage and determination enters the news.

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Fearless lady pilot ... Amazing Amelia Earhart. Thanks to Wikipedia for the photo.
Jeanne’s epic journey is down on the earth’s watery surface.

Amazing Amelia Earhart’s earned her reputation up in the air, of course, flying enormous distances back in the relatively early days of aircraft.

Like Jeanne, she also made her amazing journeys alone.

Alive and well

Jeanne, I’m very pleased to report is alive and well and on track, sailing downwind at the moment, for her British Columbia homeport of Victoria.

Jeanne is 71, but Amelia Earhart, who won fame when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, was 39 when she vanished on her round-the-world flying attempt.

She disappeared in July,1937, over the Pacific Ocean, en route to Howland Island from, Papua New Guinea, in waters which Jeanne sailed over recently.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Downwind sailing ... Jeanne booms out her mainsail for some pleasant downwind sailing in the Pacific yesterday. Photo by ham radio from Jeanne's yacht, Nereida.
This week, we learned that an expedition headed by another legend, Robert Ballard, who found the wreck of the Titanic, has set off for Nikumaroro, a tiny atoll in the Pacific, seeking to find her plane and possibly her remains.

Almost a Sunday sail

Happily, Jeanne is alive and well and now seemingly spared life-threatening scares and her latest report sounds as if she enjoying almost a Sunday outing.

She logged, ‘Speed better, for now, and it's quite sunny, with mainly scattered cloud and another light grey raincloud ahead.

Midday: Enjoying a (rare!) coffee and about to cook pancakes... ‘

She reports, ‘Total distance covered from Victoria, BC to the end of Day 312 (by daily distance-made-good calculations) 25,912 nautical miles.’

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