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.

When was the last time you felt your plumber deserved a place in government? That's my reaction to work in my little bathroom, coupled with what we're being fed by Brexiteers pushing for votes for next month's 'election'.

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Washed up .... The bathroom walls are stripped for action.
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The plumber predicts .... Dimitru says four hours.
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And as promised .... Four hours later, the change has happened. No excuses, no delays, no ruses.
First, here's the difference between what Dumitru-Dorel Dinu told me when he arrived with his tools last week. 'I replace the basin, bath and toilet in four hours.'

And, to borrow a cliche'd expression, you know what, he removed the sixties' basin, bath and toilet, and installed a smart new basin, bath and toilet, and he did it in four hours.

What have we heard from the Brexiteers? I feel sure you'll be pleased if I don't repeat some of the astonishing claims, or refer to the huge text on the side of a certain bus.

Never a deviating notion

But I will say that good old, well, young, Mr Dinu offered his claim and then stuck to it.

And he made a very neat job of it, very workmanlike, with not an excuse, and never a deviating notion like let's vote on it. I have to say that Mr Dinu's word seems utterly reliable. He says what he means. There are no tricks going on.

What a treat is to have this very generous treatment from my homeland after the deceit of that poisonous trial and its appalling aftermath. And what a breathe of fresh air from a man not at all worried, being not at all devious, by what he says. Mr Dinu for president!

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