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.

I can't tell you how much in awe I am of you as a writer, and how very pleased to have bought your book, Sailing to Purgatory, hot off the press.

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Slow down ... I've been trying to stretch out my reading of Sailing to Purgatory so I don't finish it too soon.

(Well, almost hot through Book Depository dot com.)

You are a wordsmith of the highest order ... I don't want to put it down.
I don't want to sound too over the top, especially for a non-ocean-sailing person who has never seen half of the world you visit in the story, but – wow! - your writing is terrific. You are a wordsmith of the highest order.

Dangerous experiences

I've been trying to stretch out my reading of Sailing to Purgatory so I don't finish it too soon, but I don’t want to put it down, I am madly keen to know what happens next.

You enrich the story so much by adding relevant quotes/metaphors from literature, descriptions of what you see - so richly described, so real that we can almost see and feel them, how it felt to go through those exceedingly dangerous experiences, where you've been and how it felt in your past experiences. - Liz (Auckland)

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