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.

Here’s some real advice about You Know What that actually seems more useful than some of the statements dominating the media and rather a lot of conversations about the present-day plague.

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Superstition to the rescue ... Perhaps crossing your fingers - once well washed - might be a positive approach to the new international scare. Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash.
It comes from a really thoughtful lady from across the pond, who sent what seems the best advice that I’ve seen so far.

Gerry Roos and her friends emailed this message onto more than a hundred people, with a copy to me, and via me to you ... and heaven knows how many more.

Worthy advice

The advice is worth passing on because it comes from one of the highest authorities we might hope to hear from.

He's a medic in the thick of it yet who seems uninvolved in politics and any desire for fame.

He’s on the staff in Shenzhen Hospital, in Guangdong Province, China.

He sent the advice to relations living in the US.

For the wary

Here it is for we wary folk in the UK.

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the sun.

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Handy precaution ... And it's a must. Wash those hands. Photo by Curology on Unsplash.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours. If you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands with a bacterial soap as soon as you can .

Detergent will kill it

6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes. But, a lot can happen during that time: You can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. I can't emphasise enough - drink plenty of water!

And if you get it?

The symptoms -

1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting three to four days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about fice to six days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty with breathing.
4. Nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You'll feel like you're drowning. Then it's imperative that you seek immediate medical attention.

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