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.

Who are we to trust of those offering worrying theories about the virus that seems to be ending our normal way of life, whether we live here, across The Pond, in India or in God’s Own, Down Under?

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.

Wikipedia lists some of the odd notions and yet puts its views in a way that hardly help our concern.

It says that misinformation related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic consists of conspiracy theories and disinformation which can be spread ...

As well as ...

‘... through social media, text messages, mass media ...

'As well as the state media of countries such as China, Iran and Turkmenistan.' It states that they may be propagated by celebrities, politicians, or other prominent public figures.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
‘Some misinformation and disinformation claimed the virus was a bio-weapon with a patented vaccine, a population control scheme, or the result of a spy operation.

State involvement

'Some of these misinformation and conspiracy theories may have state involvement.

‘Some world leaders have also downplayed the threat of the virus and disseminated misinformation,’ Wikipedia reports.

Not really helpful, I’d say. However, whoever, and whatever, the virus has certainly found the cleverest way of changing our lifestyles, our way of managing our daily lives.

Could it really be a variation of a world war, doing away with the old business of military forces, bombings and spilled blood, without even letting us know who is this extraordinary conqueror of our daily lives?

That wonderful friend, Gerry Roos, has sent a short-short film across the Atlantic to help keep us up-to-date with what she and her friends see.

It’s certainly worth noting and so, too, the astonishing remarks in the second short clip of - apparently - Bush the younger in his presidency in 2005 outlining risks posed by pandemics.

Gerry's short recommended film is here ⇒⇒

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