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.

News arrives in the inbox tonight to cheer me up and to brighten prospects for all non-boozers at Christmas-time, the toughest season of all for teetotallers.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Water, water, everywhere ... Great for swimming and perfect for celebrating, advise the, er, experts. Photo by Shifaaz shamoon on Unsplash
Apologies to sensitive readers for this, but it involves, er, S dash X, and in a way that we on-the-wagon folk might well see as advice for the future of our species.

The warning

The message is this:

Booze, usually so splashingly plentiful at Yuletide, is BAD for sex.

And there's worse news, that is, for those who still embrace the bottle.

The challenge comes in the US website, Healthline Media, which warns, 'Overconsuming alcohol negatively affects almost every aspect of your health.

'Your hormone health is no exception.

'Drinking alcohol excessively can cause both short-term and long-term changes to many hormones in your body, including testosterone.'

The message: Booze, usually so splashingly plentiful at Yuletide, is BAD for sex. And there's worse for those who still embrace the bottle...
And then, just in case we puritans haven't got the good news, or the devastating announcement for drinkers, Healthline explains, 'Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone.

Critical role

'It gives men their masculine features and plays a critical role in muscle and bone growth as well as sperm development.'

If that hasn't enlivened the Christmas spirit for abstinents, it has this grim warning to previously optimistic boozers:

'When testosterone levels drop, it can lead to problems such as:
• erectile dysfunction
• infertility
• loss of muscle mass

The future of our species, no less, of course.

And, ladies, boozers among the fairer gender also get a chilly boudoir warning.

Low sex drive

'Women also produce a small amount of testosterone in their ovaries. Low levels of testosterone in women can lead to low sex drive and brittle bones.'

There you are, ladies: When we get into thick of glass-clicking Merry Christmas time, you can add the risk of brittle bones to your mothers' dire warnings.

Cheers! Um, delicious spring water, thanks.

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