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.

I was amazed to receive a really wonderful review from a reader the other day, as I mentioned here earlier in the week.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Ocean life ... At sea, the lone yachtsman is usually accompanied by spectacular wildlife. Photo by Lalo on Unsplash
It's more than wonderful to be noticed because it's almost as lonely writing as it is sailing solo.

Of course, ocean navigation offers continually changing and often dramatic scenes, and visits by some of the most extraordinary collections of ocean birds.

However, to experience these beautiful and graceful flyers you have to say farewell to society and venture off over the horizon.


Of course, busy-ness at the keyboard doesn't actually do much for changing scenes, for seeing much of life, except those pictures and portrayals that the mind often treats us to.

What a further and wonderful surprise then to be pointed towards some really encouraging words on the US website of Amazon.

This review of Sailing to Purgatory came from reader Gerry Roos who lives in the Northeast of the US. Under the title, A Very Pleasant Surprise, she writes ...

Boats..... I do not like them. The concept of sailing bores me to slumber.
HOWEVER, author Paul Rodgers in this book writes so well I am delighted and transported by his awesome sea saga.
Clever writing, clever analogies with light hearted humility is enchanting. The sea is deitized. The gifts of mind expansion and attitude change are mine.
A herald to mariners both genuine and armchair!! This book is worth your time.

Thanks very much, Gerry Roos, and to you for visiting the mostly Tuesday and Thursday blogs for my adventure book, Sailing to Purgatory, which are introduced each time on Facebook Facebook dot com/Sailingtopurgatory and on Blogger,

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