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.

Circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates, no spring chicken at 77, is almost back at her departure port after sailing round the world via notorious Cape Horn and the Southern Ocean.

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View from the drawing room ... This is the scene Jeanne sees when she draws the curtains on board her yacht, Nereida. Thanks to Jeanne for today's radio'd photo.
The determined lady left Victoria, British Columbia, in the beginning of last October.

That means she has been at sea - alone - for 333 days.


Considering the number of other humans most of us see each day, it is stunning to realise that for 33 days, she has not seen another human.

Of course, there was that pause in Timaru Harbour in New Zealand, but showing more of her enormously strong willpower, Jeanne declined all invitations to go ashore.

Instead, she carried out necessary repairs herself and returned to the sea.

In her log today, she wrote, 'Hazy sky with lots of stars visible and a chilly feel to the air.

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Jeanne's good ship ... Nereida has carried Jeanne almost completely around the globe, give or take three days more.
'Trimmed sails for a beam reach and the speed increased satisfyingly. Wind has backed a lot now - to North, or nearly so.

'We're actually headed for the Strait entrance (home) directly now - for the first time for several days. Cape Flattery is now 280 miles off... now just under three days away, although light winds will make that time longer.

'Thursday is looking possible... Ask the weather gods that have sent these light winds to slow us down...'

Distance to go: Ogden Pt breakwater in Victoria Harbour is 291 nautical miles, Jeanne estimates.

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