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.

Wondering when that Yachting World splash about your blogger is to appear? You're not alone, of course, for it could make such a huge difference to the chances of my new book finding a publisher. And it must help Sailing to Purgatory reach a wider audience.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Lone drama ... The schooner goes aground on a remote Southern Ocean island during my singlehanded circumnavigation.
Not, I hasten to add for the usual selfish reason. Of course, I would love to reach more readers, but the desire is to get across a message recommending that big wide open world beyond the beach.

The ocean is magic, is an utterly different world, and is well worth experiencing.

A message I've been waiting impatiently for slipped into the inbox tonight from Yachting World. It said that the extract from Loner is set for the August edition. Hooray!

They've sent a mock-up of the pages. I'm asked not to publish them. But I'm sure it is okay for me to say that the layout looks brilliant.

Many thanks, too, to that wonderful Brit sailing star, Tom Cunliffe, for recommending the story to Yachting World.

A surprise seamanship salute
Tom's website
Tom Cunliffe on Wikipedia
Yachting World

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