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.

Isn’t taste between the sexes extraordinary, how the face that to one man is divine might be rather more the opposite for another.

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Beauty by the experts ... I asked the experts, the international Unsplash photo site, for the image of a beautiful woman. Here's their answer. What real man wouldn't be swayed by those ears? Photo by Christopher Campbell on Unsplash and with many thanks to all three.
As if to remind us of the continuing quirkiness of how we rate looks, the thinking blog-site ThoughtCo offers glimpses of women considered outstandingly beautiful through the ages.

I clicked for the article the moment it arrived, hoping it might answer a question that’s haunted me since, well, for many, many years.

In a family photo, an important couple in our history is portrayed on what must have been an important occasion.

Head turner

The lady is gorgeous and would turn heads in today’s streets if somehow she could appear here as she did then. Actually, the lady kept her looks right through life.

The husband stands not quite beside her and wears the look of someone who has bought into a bad deal. A very bad deal.

He looks much more than just extremely unhappy with his bride.

Why? What was wrong? The passing of time denies us the reason for the portrayed dislike, so I can’t pass it on here, apologies.

They bought it

Perhaps it’s as Samuel Richardson reckoned.

'A beautiful woman must expect to be more accountable for her steps than one less attractive.'

I hate to think what she felt when the photographer offered the portrait to the couple. And yet they bought it. However, what grabs some of us, might almost repel others. And that seems to be spelt out in the illustrations in N S Gill’s article in the ThoughtCo article.

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King Tut's mum ... ThoughtCo offers this spot of royalty as a beauty from days gone by. Well, what Real Man wouldn't be swayed by those ears? Thanks to ThoughtCo and more for this good looking view.
Well, Phryne a beauty from 350 BCE is ok, and probably pretty amazing for that era. Probably her looks as much as anything won her an acquittal from her trial for impiety all those hundreds of years ago.

However, would Helen of Troy be up to an introduction to the aspiring groom’s mother? It's claimed to have launched a thousand ships, but that fame is rather double-edged.

N S Gill says that Bathsheba's beauty was seductive enough to capture the attention of David, King of the Hebrew people. I'd have to think about that one.

Salome? Not for me. Cornelia Scipionis Africana, wife of Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus, who gave him a dozen children? No, not really.

Nefertiti (1370–1336 BCE) Egyptian queen and mother of Tutankhamen? Well, now you’re talking, or history is.

A question a reader might be asking is: Does this scribe live alone? Well, yes, I do. But I can't imagine why you ask.

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