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 often ask myself if I shouldn’t feel sorry for the short memory seemingly possessed by some politicians it would be all too easy to name.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
What a comedian ... The Chief, er, Character knows how to cheer up his audience and possibly even the almost revered listeners. Photo by Ben White on Unsplash
But then I remind myself about my own short memory.

Obviously, the lucky electorate of the most democratic country in the world is being treated to a wonderful, if not exactly well written soap opera.

It has an intriguing title - Brexit.

Magical twist

I’m giving it a capital letter, because the wordy watchdog Grammarly will show it as a spelling error if I don’t.

It just might be that the title doesn’t actually deserve it.

The comedy had a magical twist tonight.

The Chief, er, Character as this actor is termed - whether he’s the #1 villain or not – turns on his colleagues to threaten them with the chance that the goal of the play will not be realised unless they behave and obey.

It might well be that the majority on stage don’t actually want the offered conclusion because they can see the crookery, with which we in the audience are only too familiar.

And yet the Chief, er, Character, being a not quite grown-up kid himself, knows that the threat of withdrawing a treat (desired or not) is a perfect punishment for winning children round.

The Fool like the Chief, er, Character know this well because they supported and played a major part in a big red bus that toured the country offering the closest to propaganda that most of us will have seen outside of a war.
So, stamping a foot, he’ll deny them the conclusion they don’t want and give them a general poll, which they are unprepared for.

Temper tantrums

Calamity, major upset, temper tantrums, even if mostly this emanates from the Chief, er, Character himself.

The Fool introduces quite a linked-up laugh from episode to episode. He, incidentally, seems decidedly fooled by the Chief, er, Character himself.

The chuckle follows his reminder that it’s The Public themselves, the audience, in fact, that wants – that demands – the mysterious Brexit.

The Fool like the Chief, er, Character knows this well because they supported and played a major part in a big red bus that toured the country offering the closest to false propaganda that most of us will have seen outside of a war.

The Chief, er, Character and The Fool know how to win hearty laughter from the gallery. They keep reminding the cast, reminding us all, that the misled, propagandised public voted for it. It raises a good chuckle, of course, because they leave out the adjectives of misled and propagandised.

We of the audience are kept guessing whether it’s because the Chief, er, Character and The Fool didn’t turn up for the lesson at their public school when the pronunciation of the word, and the definition of honesty, were being taught.

The performance is such a laugh anyway that often one or two can be heard applauding, occasionally.

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