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.

Imagine for a moment that the neighbours are threatening your garden - and windows - with rubbish thrown over the garden wall. The familiar background is that the man of the house is a bully and a tyrant who makes life a misery for the wife and their children.

How amazing to hear two pet subjects, two subjects that the Establishment must know it has got quite wrong, aired with more than a hint of criticism on that great mouthpiece of the Establishment, the Beeb itself.

The promised three-page spread in the international magazine, Yachting World, is published and on the street - all around the world - and offers an exciting read to get August, our allegedly best month for Summer, off to an exciting start.

Treat adults as adults, history tells us. Prohibition didn't work and can't work. Politicians realised it eventually and got rid of it. If we rob banks, we know that's wrong, and we'll pay for it when caught. No need for politicians to go on and on about it.

Napier, New Zealand: Snuggled up by the fire in the wee hours — yet again — a couple of months back, I came across an old email from cousin Paul. Well, technically he is my mother’s cousin — but I decided to get in touch.

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