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.

By Dr Clive Warrilow

Imagine you are given a box of Smarties. In the box, three of the 100 Smarties are poisonous and could kill you.

You would keep the box closed. You wouldn’t eat the Smarties. The Coronavirus is like that box of Smarties. We must avoid opening the box.

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Home alone ... Doing our part for combating the modern plague is being stuck at home all alone. Photo by Ali Hajian on Unsplash, and many thanks to Ali and his model and Unsplash.
How do we do that? By practicing social distancing.

Not just me and you. But everyone.

Avoid human contact wherever and whenever possible. Work from home.

Essentials only

Go out only for essentials. If you are over 70, don’t go out at all.

Kids that are home from school, should NOT be visiting friends.

Wash your hands frequently. Keep three feet from other people.

Actively look for breaks in your protective bubble. Seal them.

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Time on your hands ... Well, what do you do all alone at home? Perhaps you could be studying where you'd prefer to be. Photo by Sarvaswa Tandon on Unsplash, and many thanks to Sarvaswa and his model and Unsplash.
Your choices today may save your life, a family member, a friend, a friend’s relative. The mathematics of epidemics means that acting today will diminish two-thirds of potential cases a week from now.

Those of us in the medical profession are going to be at war for the next month or two.

Please help us to prevent having to make horrible choices in the care we provide.

What else can you do?

Support each other. We are social creatures. Staying home is isolating and lonely. Reach out to friends and relatives. Call them. FaceTime them.

Small businesses will be under extreme pressure to stay solvent. Get takeout from your favourite restaurant.

Tip generously. Wash your hands immediately upon entering your house or use hand sanitizer before coming back in.

Look on social media to see ways you can help vulnerable people locally but always respect social distancing.

The mathematics of epidemics means that acting today will diminish two-thirds of potential cases a week from now.
If you are feeling too stressed, take a break. Put down your tablet or phone. Go for a walk. Meditate.

The good news

The good news .... and, yes, there is good news. We know from other countries that these actions combined with government solutions such as drive by testing and electronic notification will control this virus. But it will take 1-2 months.

We know that social distancing is the most effective tool.

Our lives will be different afterward. We will have many limitations on our activities until there is a vaccine and better treatments. But these will come.

We live in a wonderful time. The amount of medical papers published on this virus in the last week is staggering. We are learning a lot about it.

We have the ability to communicate our successes and failures fighting the virus instantly and across the globe.

We have sequenced the genome of the virus. Multiple groups are working on vaccines and treatments.

Take strength

Humans shine when we cooperate. We will see wonderful stories of compassion and resilience. Take strength from them.

We are all used to the Hollywood movie where the superhero flies in at the last moment to save the day. In this movie, we are all superheroes.

Please do your part. Social distance.
- Mitch Shiller MDCM Medical Director Children’s Care Clinic
Associate Chair (Finance) Department of Pediatrics
McGill University / Montreal Children’s Hospital

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