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.

How often have your heard people say ‘No thanks’ to the offer of a coffee when they are about to head off to bed? How often have we said it ourselves?

Sensible friends, you may think.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Bedtime beverage ... It seems unlikely, but experts tell us that coffee is just the drink to aid a quick snooze. Many thanks to Wikipedia and to photographer Bruce Mars and model.

But – no! They’re not sensible at all if the sleep they are planning to enjoy is actually a break taken during the day.

I wish I had known a few years ago the almost-medical secret I’m about to reveal here.

Back then, I managed to hold two steady jobs.

I had one during the day and another at night - and a couple of part-time weekend jobs as well.

They were when subeditors were in demand, just before the internet changed our lives utterly.

My weekday work as a subeditor on a magazine started at 10 am. I’d go straight home when the seven hours ended, sleep for around half an hour, and then head off to Fleet Street to do a full day’s (night’s) job on a national newspaper subs' desk.

‘You're tired, but you don't have time to really sleep. Rather than taking a power nap or grabbing a cup of coffee, try taking a coffee power nap. A coffee power nap or caffeine power nap is when you drink coffee or a caffeinated beverage right before settling down for your nap.
I’d usually be home by about 2am, go straight to bed, and be up in time to head off to Waterloo for the day at the magazine.

A sense of enthusiasm

What drug did I use? I have to confess that it was nothing but a sense of enthusiasm.

However, what I didn’t know then which I’m going to pass on now, is that coffee which I avoided was the very drug to boost my sleep.

Yes, coffee would have helped the snatched sleeping part of those full weeks.

Writer Anne Marie Helmenstine reveals in a recent article the secret of coffee and the little known technique of coffee power napping.

She writes, ‘You're tired, but you don't have time to really sleep. Rather than taking a power nap or grabbing a cup of coffee, try taking a coffee power nap.

A coffee power nap or caffeine power nap is when you drink coffee or a caffeinated beverage right before settling down for your nap.

Prolonged storm

Not just a really handy answer for those times when we have to put in long hours, such as managing a yacht alone through a prolonged storm.

Anne Marie says, ‘It leaves you feeling more refreshed and awake than either a power nap or a cup of coffee or even a nap followed by coffee.’

If I get to follow my dream or circumnavigating on my own in a couple of years time, guess what will head the list of food for 10 months or so?

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