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.

Don’t we all know lucky souls who leap out of bed in the morning completely refreshed, aggravating folk who can’t wait to begin their daily chores? Or at least they wake refreshed enough to claim they do.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Wakey wakey ... A good night's sleep equates with an excellent day, advises writer Melissa. Photo by Alan KO on Unsplash, and many thanks to KO, model, and Unsplash
Life each day isn’t like this for many of us, not even rarely, perhaps even most of us.

The negatives of daily life so often don’t uphold the early promise about how fantastic adult will be.

A blessing

Writer, Melissa Chu, used to believe, too, that waking up bright and alert was a blessing reserved for the fortunate few.

However, wanting to change her daily routine, she experimented with a variety of strategies, and woke up, as it were, to quite a very different life. Writing in Medium dot com, she recommends methods to get a good night’s sleep and wake up energised.

Exercise, some exercise, leads the plan, and her notion of exercise doesn’t seem to be those weird sweat-drenching things people do in gyms.

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
Melissa wants us to do whatever gets our ‘blood running and the endorphins going.’

It might be gardening, or walking. She says, ‘Exercise helps you sleep better at night and wake up energised. It also keeps you more alert throughout the day too.’

She recommends the philosophy that a western way of life seems to discourage. She reminds us of the wise saying, ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.’

She points out, ‘Our society has developed a system of eating a light breakfast, a medium-sized lunch, and then a large evening meal.’

The star attraction

Change that, she urges. ‘Make fruits and veggies the star attraction at dinnertime.’

Her advice, the points that have worked for her, includes lots of fruit and vegetables. ‘What you eat and the quality of your sleep are closely tied together.

‘Having a quality diet precedes quality sleep.

‘Listen to your body. If you’re fully awake even though it’s bedtime, do something relaxing. Read a book. Listen to soothing music.

‘Calm yourself down until it’s time to shut off the lights.

‘Getting a good night’s rest is important to waking up energised and ready for the day.’

Melissa says her recommendation will make us more productive during the day and better rested overnight. Her philosophy is here ⇒⇒ ⇒⇒

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