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.

While we wait, um, patiently, for Sailing to Purgatory to arrive, let me tell you of another friend who would really like to have been here to see it - hopefully even to read it. Let me show you, too, the text he sent just before his sudden unexpected death.

Apologies for so far it appears that no-one has been able to get their hands on a copy of Sailing to Purgatory. I believe that Tomas bought a Kindle version from Amazon. So far, though, not even your humble writer has seen a hard copy.

Did you know that Sailing to Purgatory is available as a Kindle story? Good friend - and discerning reader! - Tomas Honz discovered that it's so. And he becomes the first reader in the world to be reading Sailing to Purgatory as an ebook.

Two really wonderful tributes to Sailing to Purgatory's arrival into the world of books have come from great friends and supporters Julie and Katelin Dolton and Maciej and Agnieska.

A unique greeting card arrived for what readers might find to be a rather unique story, incorporating as it does several genres, including actual male-female passion, not exactly common in a travel book, and something almost unknown if not verboten in the sailing genre.

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