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.

When a tubby fellow - oops, revered leader - rose through the political ranks faster than, well, certain introduced plants do in our gardens, a number of inducements, promises, to wow us were/are offered.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Winning fans ... Democratise, well, lower the price of coffee and win the love of rather a lot of the population in one go. Photo by Gian Cescon on Unsplash
Why? The poor fellow wants to be loved.

To see our smiles broaden and our faces light up, he promises to bring treats into our lives.

Only, suffering as he has of being the dearly loved spoilt brat of the rich, he can only try to imagine what we might want.

At least he’s trying – and how.

Nice policemen

And how he will please us is to … well, first off, fill our streets with nice policemen.

(Don’t worry, only a few will carry canon-sized armaments.)

He’ll fatten up their pay-packets, and ensure they are well-heeled as they trounce cheerily about our neighbourhoods.

Of course, like the promise on the big red bus that toured UK offering milk and money, our good old NHS – those places where we queue for just a few hours to be seen once we have declared loudly our birth dates - will flow with hoot.

Poor old prisoners

Don’t think the fat lad has forgotten poor old prisoners doing their best to keep the jails relatively habitable.

A fortune will go to that department, too, with quite sufficient to keep the lads from even thinking of rioting - they won’t want to risk damaging the latest iPhones for all of them.

And schools, too, won’t be left out. Perhaps there will be enough for gold canes for whacking any disobliging pupils with Labour tendencies.

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Wooing the world ... The Independent newspaper announces the new PM's promises.
All good ideas, of course. And rich kid that he was, he knows that were he to ask, what massive lists he might have to ponder upon.

Just in case it might help the fund-distributing plan, here’s an idea or two for the wish lists for the ordinary (non-fat cat) citizen:

What about nationalising Costa, Nero and Starbucks?
What about capping the price of cappuccino at 99p?
What about brightening the lives of the retired with an organisation of volunteer lovers?
How about changing the lives of so many women by banning menopause?
Any chance of decreeing that Aldi and Lidl prices must apply to all supermarkets?

All helpful ideas will be welcome here – and doubtlessly at number 10, too.

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