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.

While devious politics goes on in our present weird version of democracy, some good sense and a reminder of our sane, wonderful life that proceeds uncluttered, un-uglified, comes in a brand new poem today from that gifted wordsmith, Robert Graham.

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Heavenly ... A look into the heavens from Estes Park, in the US. Photo by Paige Weber (@paigewtothewon) on Unsplash, and thanks to both.
He’s writing about our Autumn skies.

As a seafarer and singlehanded Cape Horner, I have a special affection for the northern heavens.

Each time I've sailed up from the southern hemisphere, often from near the Roaring Forties, I wait impatiently, almost anxiously, for our view of the heavens.

Truly wonderful

The southern constellations can be truly wonderful out there hundreds and hundreds of miles from the nearest human.

I watch the Southern Cross pass overhead and then lower into the southern horizon.

I search for the magnificent Polaris, but the real treat is suddenly, magically spotting The Plough as the constellation starts to climb from ahead, and as star after star in the seven-star constellation comes on view, I try to call each by name.

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Magical Plough ... It can be a challenge digging deep to name of the constellation's seven stars. Many thanks to Wikipedia for the image.
I often don’t succeed, in spite of reminders milestoned in memory.

AM, AM, PM, I recall, then try to put names to the initials.

Memory often refuses to fill in the missing letters, although Dubhe at the top of the container comes easy.

Magical for landlubbers

Merak, just below, isn’t forgotten because it is so similar to the name of a special Australian friend from yesteryear, and Phecda next door is recalled for, well, another reason.

However, autumn heavens are magical for landlubbers, too, as Roberto proves with his latest verse, on his Healing Gardens website here ⇒⇒

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