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.

The political world of the fellow who fits perfectly Carl Sagan's warning of a bamboozler deepens, and we have to be thankful that it is not hidden from us. However, of course, there are great quotations than aren't so deeply troubling.

Don't do something permanently stupid because you're temporarily upset. - Curmudgeon
As I mentioned in the blog about Carl Sagan's dire warnings from beyond the grave, I have a habit of collecting quotations.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Professor PZ Myers ... 'Rethinking the world isn't an option. Photograph by Mark Schierbecker, and borrowed from Wikipedia with thanks.

Do let me share a couple with you. I have this one, from my brother, Chris, in Gore, in the deep south of New Zealand, pinned up in the kitchen, 'Every step is one step closer.'

This observation by Curmudgeon on Scuttlebutt Sailing News last month is well worth remembering, 'Don't do something permanently stupid because you're temporarily upset.'

Another quotation that appeals, particularly in these politically-troubled times, goes, 'When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.'

The quotation comes from Bayard Rustin, a civil rights activist (17 Mar 1912-1987).

Religion often being such a challenge to society, a thought by biology Professor 'PZ' Myers (born 9 Mar 1957) earns its place in my collection. 'If you've got a religious belief that withers in the face of observations of the natural world, you ought to rethink your beliefs - rethinking the world isn't an option.'

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