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.

We are waiting for Spring, impatiently, I have to say, because UK has not had the mildest winter on record. We've had snow, frosts, winds, and enough rain to supply parched Cape Town with sufficient water to survive about a dozen annual droughts.

I promised to reveal the scariest part of trying to survive when Beth and I lost the yacht we were delivering from Rio to Cape Town. Perhaps leaving the big superyacht, climbing from the sinking vessel into a tiny liferaft, amounted to the most worrying moment.

Where are we in the liferaft story? Two of us, Beth and your scribe, were delivering a superyacht from Rio towards the Cape, when we ran into a submerged obstacle, presumably one of a multitude of containers that fall from ships.

And now a commercial break before we continue with the story of, well, the bones of the story of really extraordinary survival in a liferaft deep in the South Atlantic - just me and a girl, and very soon an ever-growing number of flesh-eaters.

The story so far ...
The yacht I am delivering from Rio to Cape Town has run into a container, is holed, and floods very quickly.

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