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.

I planned to blog tonight about our inglorious leader, the fat lad who seemingly can’t help himself from posing as politicians acted in his boyhood, a boyhood which at least as far as the photographs rather than mannerisms go, ended some considerable time ago.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Like the lead actor in the local amdram drama, he’s been prompted presumably to play to the gallery.

Do everything to appeal to the voters.

Let what voters want seem to be reflected in press photos.

Tubby lad

We had the tubby lad appearing with a lot of tough coppers, never mind that they were newly in their work, never mind that it seems they were falsely briefed about the posing.

Today's news has him with some primary school kids. One is prompted to ask Wise Sir about the chance of a happy departure from Europe.

It might well appeal to the public eye for Sir to ruffle the lad’s hair.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
She starts with August gathered sheaves,
   Whose golden stems lie over eaves,
   Where many harvest homes ago,
   The bread was baked, from seed well sowed.
Harvest Home continues here ⇒⇒ ⇒⇒
Oops, that might well give rise to certain attitudes about touching youngsters, so our podgy hero does it to his own in that well-practised way that he will have been advised appeals oh so much to some of the electorate.

An old porky pie

And then come the, er, winning words, which seem an almost perfect example of how to tell an old porky pie - or not to, perhaps.

He assures the cameras - er, the lad, of course - that a perfect deal is in the offing.

That’s what I was going to write about this time.

However, it is all so grossly amateurish and unconvincing, let me direct your attention to the words of a pro who definitely deserves much wider recognition.

Robert Graham is one of our really gifted wordsmiths, a poet who reminds us so well of the magic of our lives.

This is his latest on his website. Harvest Home reminds us of some of the wonders of Autumn ... and thankfully false politics, treating the people as fools, is not among them.

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