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.

After all that diligence of getting out to a polling station on this wettest, coldest and most miserable day of the new winter, a gift, a present, for readers and one that comes bathed in sunshine and pleasant seas and the chance to imagine life Out There, far from politicians, and daily drudgery.

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A chance to dream ... Your reward for the polling day demand is this chance to imagine the life that the excellent Caribbean magazine evokes. Thanks to Caribbean magazine for this stunning scene.
The present of a sort that Santa is bound to approve, even if it comes snowless, is your own free copy of the Caribbean sailing magazine, Compass.

Ideal for sailors, of course, and amazing because this packed magazine is absolutely gratis, and it works for us all.

It’s all about sea and sun and fun and pleasure, with some great articles about what it’s like to get away, and be our own boss, and get up when we want to.

Local cooking

Cooking seems to enjoy an extraordinary following around the globe.

There’s excellent guidance here of the West Indies approach, using Caribbean seafood, fruits, and vegetables, in a review of Wendy Hartland’s More Great Grenada Recipes. For your dream cruise, there’s lots about how to do it, and how sailors do do it, and also an engaging been-there-done-that story by David Carey full of good advice about how not to.

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Vote for this ... A scene rather worthy of a polling booth 'X'. Photo by Tim Wright,

Each month, Compass carries an excellent article about the sky at night, and although the latitude and time is a little different, it still works well for London. Well, when the clouds go away occasionally, that is.

The author, Jim Ulik, names the days when notable happenings occur up there, and I find that really useful, and certainly recommend it.

A cunning fisher

Bird life is fascinating and especially this account by Bela Brown of the life of the green heron.

UK has its own version, the grey heron, but this account of its Caribbean cousin alone makes downloading Compass well worthwhile.

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Fantastic fisherman ... This fellow doesn't care to dine alone, and uses a clever ruse to win some fishy company. Thanks to Caribbean magazine for the portrait of this fine fisherman.
Bela writes, 'Some Green Herons are known to use fishing lures such as insects, bread crusts, earthworms, twigs, feathers and other items, placing them on the water's surface in order to entice the fish.

‘It's astonishing to watch their dedication as they patiently reposition the lure and are rewarded with large fish, which they quickly snatch, flip, and swallow head first.’

My favourite

I confess the monthly Compass is a favourite of this singlehanded circumnavigator, and I often send congratulations to editor Sally Erdle for its real quality.

To get your own free gift as a reward for all our polling day efforts, this highly recommended magazine can be downloaded simply and quickly from this address -

Enjoy! I've no doubt you will.

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