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.

What a daffy world of fashion we experience, with sail-like wide trouser legs one year and then tight-tight-tight trouser legs almost the next.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
A fashion revolution ... On the beach, on the street, the bikini revealed women as society had not seen them before, as truly amazing creations! Photo by MAX LIBERTINE on Unsplash
Fashion dictates like this affect both genders, but from a male point-of-view, the garb that style insists on for the female form deserves empathy for the wearers, and yet at the same time …

Well, it must have changed completely the notion of love and affection.

Basic stuff

Not so long ago, not much further back than our grandparents’ grandfathers’ time, a man fell in love with a woman quite oblivious of what – if you’ll excuse the expression – he was actually getting into, devoting himself to, until the marriage chamber.

Basic stuff, of course, but tastes do differ from one male to the next. Some want their, er, feminine shape, to be slim. And many desire quite the opposite; a good handful’s their preference.

Grooms couldn’t know

Yet back then and before, aspiring grooms couldn’t know just what they were getting into, committed to, and usually for life, until the closing of the honeymoon door.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Revealing inventor ... Meet Louis Réard, the man who changed beach fashion forever. Many thanks to Wikipedia: Fair use, Link
Slim-hipped or broad of buttocks, the traditional dress-sense back then kept what lay hidden as a guessing game. The goods were well camouflaged.

It’s likely that our great-great grandfathers had no idea what they were investing their lives and devotion to.

Conversely it’s also quite likely that until that last moment, they may not have known what, as it were, turned them on.

No doubts about that these days.

We know what attracts us and we know what we’re getting.

In fact, we probably see the closely wrapped basics of everything female, and in many cases probably long before we actually see her facial features.

It is extraordinary that what we take for granted these days, very much more than sneak previews, our recent forebears probably actually knew nothing about before committal?

Unsuspecting soul

Well, who changed the situation, which possibly unsuspecting soul unveiled to us all the almost complete female form with all its variations?

The genius was one Louis Reard, a car engineer, who advertised the bikini as 'smaller than the smallest bathing suit in the world' 73 years ago.
About the most unlikely character we might imagine.

No film star, this one, with plump features behind weird and massive specs, as revealed this week by the emailing feature, Brain Sharper.

The genius was one Louis Reard, a car engineer, who put his lovely invention the bikini - he advertised it as 'smaller than the smallest bathing suit in the world' - on show 73 years ago.

Louis Reard for President! The man who changed female style forever died in 1984, rather richer, one imagines, than when he opened a swimwear shop featuring his creation in the summer of 1946.

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