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.

Visitors may remember the great bathroom saga where your asset-stripped narrator was being treated to a new bathroom, thanks to the State's better known humanity.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Joining in ... The expert joiner helps to make the new bathroom really stunning.
And it is gorgeous and so useful. Of course, it goes without saying that bathrooms are exceedingly useful. We don't have to make do with outhouses and heavy porcelain pots, and washing basins, thankfully, in this century.

This brand new one is not only practical in the extreme, it's been really well built.

Readers will probably remember the good work of master plumber Dumitru-Dorel Dinu, and the excellent craftsmanship of Plasterer Circui Liviu.

Public salute

Restoration specialist Emanuel Enache, and electrician Daniel worked their magic to ensure a near perfect job.

However, one man, or at least one man, missed out on my public salute before I left for the Cape to work on and write Adrift. He was the joiner who, like his workmates, gave professionalism a capital P. Sadly, I can't find his name. But many thanks to him for adding his great skill to my lovely new bathroom.

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