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.

Happy birthday Jeanne Socrates, solo circumnavigator extraordinaire, as she edges closer to her Pacific coast finishing harbour in British Columbia.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Takes the cake ... Jeanne's birthday selfie, complete with a well-travelled birthday cake.
Yes, 77 years young we could say for the good lady defies ageing rules and proves that being in the seventies doesn’t mean the end of the road is near.

For her, though, the end of the ocean highway of her very long circumnavigation is not so far away.

26,693 miles

She estimates that she has covered at least 26,693 nautical miles.

That puts the home harbour almost within sight, even though placid weather is making current progress rather snail-like.

She’s been gone, away from humankind (apart from a few days close by), for 322 days.

In anyone’s book that’s a long time, but for Jeanne it must seem almost a lifetime.

For a circumnavigator determined to win two world records - to be the oldest woman to sail solo non-stop unassisted around the world, and the first woman to sail solo non-stop unassisted around the world from North America – the public is kept guessing about her credentials.

She has a Wikipedia entry, yet even that is very short on details.

She has been described as a maths professor, who seemingly lives in British Columbia.

A lovely, warm, sunny day

Her spoken interviews give her an educated British accent, and Wikipedia describes her as a British yachtswoman.

At the weekend, she logged, ‘A lovely, warm, sunny day again - perfect, if slow, sailing in gentle conditions.

She snaps a selfie of her lone self with a slice of birthday cake - ‘tasty, rich Dundee,’ she reports.

‘Afternoon tea in a beautiful pottery mug (thanks, Louise!) - only brought out on calm, special occasions.'

And at 0720 the following day, she notes, ‘Bright sunny morning. Wind has backed more towards SSE from S … Breakfast... Feeling cooler - cabin temperature now at 26C from previous 30C.’

Her position is 41˚42' North by 146˚ 03' West.

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