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 visited a Lidl supermarket for some essentials this evening and endured - suffered - virus propaganda over the loudspeakers that was beyond unnerving, and in a way almost mocking.

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No kissing, no hugs ... The Plague's risks to society makes a danger of pleasantries we almost take for granted.
And how ironic to hear it in a German shop, for Germany is one part of the world where the government didn't dither like our crowd.

Instead they set about protecting their citizens immediately.

Propaganda

The message Lidl relayed was very similar to the propaganda we hear throughout the day and night, but with one little - Lidl - exception.

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Confined to barracks ... The lockdown keeps families indoors, where the greatest pleasure often is the view out there of the world.
This warning told shoppers not even to look at other customers nor the cashiers.

Well, well, disease transference by eyesight. I'm almost certain that German citizens aren't warned of that very unusual risk.

That unpleasantness came from abroad. However, here's a much kinder and less insulting reminder of the modern-day plague.

Virus-handling dither

This comes from the US, which ironically could hardly have a worse reputation for its virus-handling dither.

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It's a wonderful world ... The video reminds us of some magical parts of our world. Magical is certainly the view of Table Mountain from the sea as you approach Cape Town.
This is from thoughtful and concerned friend Mrs Gerry Roos, from over The Pond. It's a short video, very well produced and quite the opposite of the intrusive Lidl blare.

It looks to the positives and it reminds us that the world might well not actually belong to our species, but that it's a great place, the best we'll ever know.

You're very welcome to download it and send it to friends and relations so they can experience the positive thoughts it promotes.

The video is here →

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