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 did you last see a really good looking magazine of your special interest or sport that was offered free? And not just as a one-off, but free every month of the year?

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Tradition lives ... The daily bread is delivered to the people. No queues at the bread shop.

No prizes for guessing a magazine that would appeal extra specially to this solo Cape Horner, and this week I learned, suddenly out of the blue - oceanic or sky - of a free really well-produced magazine for sailing fanatics. And it's barely more than a click away.

It's the excellent Caribbean Compass, and it is packed with everything for a Caribbean dream cruise. As the Caribbean Sea, at least for much of the year, is very closs to being paradisical, it's a magazine for just about all of us - especially in a cloudy, rainy UK 'summer'.

There's plenty within its bright covers - wonderful photos, great articles, and gorgeous charts - to boost dreams.

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Taxi! ... No need for Uber here, and each of the wonderful old yank tanks, er, classic cars, is owned privately and it seems can be hired for the equivalent of thirty dollars for four hours.

Even if the Caribbean is not part of your getting-away-from-it-all dream, or if that sun-swamped, gorgeous part of the world will get no closer than in your dreams, these 48 pages of gorgeously presented electronics, which you can read online, or as a PDF on your tablet, phone, or computer, is for you. It's certainly for me.

Dream locations

If I could afford it, I'd book a break in Cuba tomorrow, if not tonight. Perhaps this magazine offers an acceptable alternative, thanks to two great articles by Ralph Trout and Joan Conover, with some excellent photographs.

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There's much about other dream locations, too - stories of Bonaire's history, pages of interesting racing news, of big boats and little Optimists, news of the amazing traditional Round Guadeloupe event, and that excellent piece about Cuba which offers a really informative read.

If you share my interest in tides, the night sky, the forthcoming total exclipse, what the moon's up to, sailing techniques, it's all here in the attractively laid-out pages.

Really impressed

I'll be clicking online for it during the months ahead because, from what I've seen today, I am really impressed. I couldn't recommend it more highly. It's not just for sailors, by the by, but it's an updating alternative to the bible for travellers, tourists, sun-bathers, snorkellers, scuba divers, people happy to relax among scenic wonder, and for dreamers.

Who are the experts who produce this great publication? 'Sailors,' says the wesite, 'for sailors — and for all those who love the Caribbean sea and shore.' The MD is Tom Hopman, the editor Sally Erdle, both US-born, and both double-handed circumnavigators. The production manager is Wilfred Dederer, and the assistant editor is Elaine Ollivierre.

Editor Sally told me, 'Any of your readers who would like to be emailed each time Compass is published just needs to contact me here - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I'll be very happy to make sure they know. Voila!'

Well done to the producers of Caribbean Compass. You've done outdoor dwellers and venturers and sportsfolk really proud.

Caribbean Compass

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