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.

Good news for red meat eaters harassed by thoise almost endless naggings from climate change experts.

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Got a table, now the choice ... The menu arrives and time to decide to take a tasty way to start saving the world ... Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash, with many thanks.
Scientists warn us almost every day that huge reductions in meat-eating are vital if really dangerous changes to the climate are to be avoided.

How big a reduction is needed, red meat eaters might wonder?

Pulses

Science’s reply is not very encouraging: beef consumption must drop by 90%.

Scientists say that the western world needs to replace carved slices of beef on the dinner plate with beans and pulses – about five times more than happens at present.

Stand up anyone who has given up red meat? Here is one witness, standing before his keyboard, hand on (healthier) heart to swear that he did not just give up red meat, but all meat.

This happy convert

And the big surprise about going vegetarian is that it didn’t and doesn’t hurt.

It didn’t hurt me and now, some years later, it still remains painless with no desire at all to go back.

What did this happy convert have for dinner tonight?

A couple of small sweet potatoes, half a red onion, and two eggs, casseroled in the microwave for a few minutes. And it was delicious.

I’m not saying that just because I was the cook. I confess that I did indulge. I accompanied the treat with a low GI roll from Lidl's, and a puritanical glass or two of Sainsbury’s red grape juice and water.

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No meat for me ... A happy vegetarian. Photo by Philipp Meeh on Unsplash with thanks.
The message I want to convey is two-fold. Giving up meat isn’t difficult, and it certainly doesn’t mean that a meal loses its taste, that it becomes very bland.

Not at all. True, I’m not one for spices and the like, so it might be that for some people the food could be tarted up taste-wise.

And of course, that can be done without going back to meat.

For variety, sometimes I use smoked fish from Aldi, sometimes a small can of tuna. There are many, many alternatives to meat, and by using them, we’re helping to help save the world.

God’s Own

Another very valid reason for the noteworthiness of this fellow, your correspondent, giving up meat is that I was brought up in God’s Own where meat is cheap, fresh and plentiful.

And, honestly, I don’t miss cooked flesh at all. I had to give up smoking before I sailed around the world via Cape Horn on my own, and that really was a challenge.

I expected that going vegetarian would be a similar hurdle.

It wasn’t, not in the slightest and it isn’t, and best of all, it is a simple way to help save the world, to be doing your bit – our bit – for our kids and the populations to come.

That's what science tells us so that's what we accept. And, anyway, this way is tasty and pleasing and at the very least saves us a packet.

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