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 want to share my reading experience of Sailing to Purgatory, but let me admit right away that I am no reviewer, and in spite of the most appropriate name I was born with, have to say that I not a writer by trade, and definitely not a sailor. Even so, I want to recommend it!

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
On way to Cape Horn ... Denis recommends the story and offers a thumbs up for journalist Brenda Vowden's assessment.
... the book made me feel I now know about sailing and about sailing when conditions are good and when they are the exact opposite. - Denis Penn

Yet who am I to say whether this book is actually good for others or not?

Let me state quite clearly what I'm not and that might encourage aspiring readers to get a copy for themselves.

Mine came through, by the way, quick, efficient, no postage to pay.

Won't go by sea

However, I really agree with journalist Brenda Vowden's review of Sailing to Purgatory. She said, 'You don't have to be a keen sailor to be utterly captivated from the first chapter of Paul Rodgers’ latest book, Sailing to Purgatory.'

Like her, I'm not a yachtie, yet the book made me feel I now know about sailing and about sailing when conditions are good and when they are the exact opposite.

I like to travel, but not necessarily by sea. I'm thinking of driving around parts of the US this summer, but I won't go there by sea.

I've had a good think about how I want to put the recommendation and it is like this ... well, exactly this: Reading about this final voyage in Sailing to Purgatory was a roller coaster ride that ended with an extraordinary twist. Well written with extraordinary detail. - Denis Penn

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