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.

The blog site for Sailing to Purgatory takes on a different role for this little story. We move into Real Estate. Really real estate? Well, not really, but more to pass on some good news if you are thinking of getting away from it all.

I'm in the Cape for a few more days, completing what I hope will be my new book.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Perfect retreat .... Thinking of getting away from it all? From the people I met at Fish Hoek, the town itself, and the scenery, a chance to live in Paradise might not be so far away. With many thanks to for glimpse at part of beautiful False Bay.

To help promote Sailing to Purgatory, I was invited the other day to speak to the good people of Jenny Strickland's Friends of Fish Hoek Library. I tell about the evening on the blog, but there is much more to reveal.

The Cape is one of those parts of the world where the well-off like to buy a property set in the most attractive scenery.

Fish Hoek is your place

The scenery in the Cape is astonishing, and the country's 'mother city', Cape Town, must surely be the world's most attractive metropolis fronting an ocean.

People flock here to buy property. The effect, of course, is to push up the prices.

From what I saw on the way to and from Fish Hoek, I'd say if you want to get away from it all, yet still pay a low price for property, Fish Hoek is your place. Wikipedia describes it as a bedroom town, what we know as commuter town, of about 12,000 fortunate people, where lucky workers use excellent public transport to travel to work in Cape Town, about 38 very scenic kilometres away.

Fish Hoek is one of the really attractive parts of gorgeous, muchas scenic False Bay, praised by none other than Bartolomeu Dias back in 1488. When researching for my novel To Kill a God, I'm almost sure that I read of the great Captain Cook's visit here, too.

As a casual visitor arriving to speak to some really pleasant and very interested readers, I can't confirm that this is actually the best place in the world for you. But from what I saw, from the gifted people I met, and from sailing in this region in years gone by, it comes with a very strong recommendation.

Build you own home or buy one of the modest houses here, and live in a very healthy atmosphere, surrounded by fabulous scenery. I don't doubt that it will become one of the most sought after parts of this stunning southern land before long. If you have the desire, now could be the right time for claiming a bit of paradise for yourself.

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