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.

A publishing house emails you offering fat royalties for a novel about conquering the world in a new way, with no military force and without firing a shot, without launching a missile, nor airstriking any world leader.

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Distracting ... Won't we all be like this if it goes on much longer?
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Distracting ... We shouldn't click, but this home imprisonment boredom demands it. We do, and the laugh is on us.
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Distracting ... All the eating and no exercise is certainly food for thought. A smile is never far away when you have friends, even at times like these. These are three of the grin-promoters that arrived today.
The editors propose a very different sci-fi tale about – believe it or not – a mysterious engineered illness that conquers not just a nation but most of the world and it does it in a few short months.

Until this year, you’d be forgiven for scratching your head as you wondered how a story like that could unfurl, and what the editors had been drinking over lunch.

Test tubes

If it’s 2018, where would you begin?

Perhaps we’ll despatch a few 007s with test tubes brimming over with a mysterious superbug.

Perhaps it’ll be the larvae of the most dangerous type of mosquito mated with fleas, or cockroaches, or wasps.

Our agents will be instructed to find the water reservoirs in each country, climb over the security fences, and lace each city’s supply with the deadly mix.

The editors ask for some statistics.


How quickly could the whole world, except the imaginative victors, of course, be zapped?

As always, Google’s there to help. First, how many countries are there in the world?

World atlas reports that there are 195.

Of them, 193 are members of the United Nations.

Two - the Holy See and the State of Palestine - are observer states.

Big cities

Well, how many really big cities are there? Archdaily reports that 20 of the world's largest cities are home to almost half a billion people, ‘a number only set to rise as urban centres become taller, more expansive, and more dense.’

Ho ho! Not with our virus.

Skeeter-Roach bug

For our story outline we should know how many of us are available to be zapped by our skeeterRoach bug.

... nowadays the miracle is just about here, or seemingly not so far off. To date, there have been 1,555,019 Coronavirus cases. A lucky 345,834 recovered, but 91,830 died.

Rather a lot, reports Worldometers. ‘The current world population is 7.8 billion as of April 2020.

The publishing editors are demanding fellows. They don’t go for the comparative slowness of our world zapping. ‘Couldn’t it happen faster?’

‘Not without a miracle,’ we reply.

However, nowadays the miracle is just about here, or seemingly not so far off.

To date, reports worldometers there have been 1,555,019 Coronavirus cases. A lucky 345,834 recovered, but 91,830 died.

Had these statistics belonged to a sci-fi tale just last year, the author might have struggled to find a publisher.

However, worldometers’ numbers seemingly are correct. So who in our real-life story will the conquerors turn out to be?

Is it possible that we might know before long?

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