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.

It isn't odd and rather extraordinary just how adaptable we are, whether it involves our work or play, or even love and companionship. Take holidays, for instance.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Life’s true originals - like you, Are not at the end of some rainbow, They’re beside you in hushed tones and hues. - Robert Graham Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash
No time ago, it seems, when the subject of holidays came up in the household, we already had a good idea about where we wanted to go.

The notion was often influenced by friends talking about their experiences.

Sometimes we might have reached for a map of Europe, or scanned Thomas Cook brochures, or perhaps recalled a programme we had seen on the box.

It's different now

These days it's different. About 99% of us rely on the self-same source, the internet.

We know that the search engine will aim us at companies planning to get rich from our holiday desires.

And we really do know that before we begin. I mean, we are only too aware that the temptations aimed our way come with a price (which we'll pay) and perhaps a bit of deception.

Even when many of the promises sound too good to be true and for a very good reason, we click our agreement.

Our odd desire to explore the world via commercialism is certainly not lost on poet Robert Graham who remembers that for wonderful sights to see we don't really have to step further than our gardens, be they big or small.

When life gives us time to look for wonders, the time that holidays allows us, the little gems are all there, just beyond the back door.

I really like his good sense, the good advice, and his magical way with verse. The excellent holiday reminder is tucked into just seven verses in his latest poem, Ordinary extra, over on his website, here ⇒⇒ ⇒⇒ .

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