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 it a real surprise when someone you don’t know compliments you on, say, your clothes, or something you said, or perhaps your good manners in holding a door open for a lady.

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Snatched sloop ... The prosecution kept insisting that my gorgeous yacht was a smuggling vessel and snatched her from me.
But when, suddenly out of the blue, someone takes the trouble to write to you to compliment you on a book you have written, a book that is truly close to your heart, well, what an astonishing joy that is.

It doesn’t happen often, sad to say, but it did this week.

A complete stranger emailed to say he really enjoyed Sailing to Purgatory.

And so much so that he asked if I had enjoyed any success so far in trying to get some justice for the sentence of nineteen years imprisonment, with possessions including my gorgeous yacht and
funds forfeited.

Dear Paul Rodgers - I have just finished reading your book Sailing to Purgatory. I must congratulate you on having written such a gripping read, a real page-turner even without the astonishing, totally unexpected, finale; I really did not see that coming.

You have a tremendous way with words.

So many questions

But I doubt if I am alone in finding that the conclusion, and afterword, begs so many questions.

For how long were you imprisoned? Was there an appeal? Did your case ever get referred to the CCRC? What is your situation now?

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Hidden from the jury ... The landing certificate that failed to appear in the trial. The prosecution said I went to St Helena secretly to 'lay low', ignoring/hiding this proof to the contrary, and not explaining why a Brit would go to a British dependency to 'lay low' when a republic lay nearby.
How did your family respond to your conviction and did they stay by your side? What became of Sofie?

Did she ever communicate with you in the aftermath?

I expect you are more than familiar with these questions.

I guess they could all add up to a follow-on book. Are you still writing?

Kind regards

I replied that I am working on the sequel to Sailing to Purgatory, a tale of totally unjust imprisonment, England’s longest criminal trial (held in secret), then serving the sentence, being almost murdered by a cellmate, and the astonishing behaviour of the defence when I returned, just about penniless, to life.

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