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.

Poet Robert Graham has just sent me his poem for November which I'll code and uplift to his site. It is so good, I would like to share it here.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Star struck ... A clear sky at night possesses an extraordinary magic. Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash
For a seafarer, particularly a singlehanded sailor, one of the greatest joys to see out there happens with a clear sky at night.

It doesn’t matter whether I'm sailing the Atlantics, the Roaring Forties, or even ploughing deep into the Southern Ocean, the view overhead is astonishing.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Entranced ... Portraying a clear night sky clearly boosts creativy for artist Maika Spooner.
Robert is a landlubber, through and through, and a most gifted gardener as he is as a poet.

Yet when he puts the gardening tools to a side on a clear night, his words give the impression that he is as overwhelmed by the starry heavens as I am at sea.

His verse for November is here on healinggardens dot click, and because it is so appealing, it's here on this page, too.

The very appropriate artwork is by Maika Spooner.


Throw the last diamond in your poverty pocket into the gutter.
   As far, far away as possible,
   And further still if you can.
   And you will find, one day, when you are in the dark,
   That there will be and you will see,
   Hundreds and hundreds of stardiamondsstars,
   Lighting up the dark sky, smiling at you,
   And waving their starry palmy hands in friendly greeting,
   Even though they may be quite out of sight.
- Robert Graham

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