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.

Some timely advice for looking after your locks in lockdown comes today from one of Britain’s top hair stylists.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory  on the adventure book Sailing to Purgatory blog website.
Hair challenge ... You can't get to the hairdresser, you can't even go out, some say. And yet your crowning glory is surely not to be allowed to lose its gloss. Julia Dolton has some excellent advice which will please your hair and admirers.
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash
Julia Dolton’s encouraging advice is mainly for the fairer gender, but much applies for men who care about their locks, too, lockdown or no lockdown.

Julia certainly wins a roar of approval from all of the 66 and a bit million of us.

And a mighty roar, at that, when she says, ‘Hopefully, we’re nearing the end of our Lockdown No 3.’


Before the reminder of why we’re seeing so much of our homes turns quickly to depression, she says encouragingly, ‘I’m sure I can see some light at the end of the tunnel.’

Doubtlessly most of us wish we could, too.

Surely it has to end sometime and hopefully very, very soon.

Julia told me, ‘I keenly await Boris’s announcement and a roadmap out of lockdown.’ The Hair and Beauty industry, she reports, has been moved from the hospitality and retail sector to a new group named Personal Care.

I’ve not been wasting time. I’ve been attending hair education programs online. They’re informative and fun. The hair industry is always progressing, and I am constantly learning and keeping up to date ...

‘I hope it will let our sector resume business very soon - with all safety measures in place, naturally.’

She warns about short-term measures that many may be resorting to, such as what she terms box colours.

Harsh on hair

‘They can be very harsh on the hair and difficult to rectify afterwards. If you have succumbed, though, that rectifying isn’t impossible.’

Julia says, ‘As we are obliged to spend more time at home, this could be a good time to pamper your hair with a treatment. And it can be left on a little longer than time usually allows, and that’s an advantage.’

What the best way to pamper the hair with a treatment?

‘You shampoo, towel dry, and apply treatment. Then you should wrap your hair – and that part of the head – in clingfilm.

‘And thanks to lockdown, you can leave the arrangement in place for thirty minutes, an hour … or all day!’

No heat tools

Julia advises, ‘Then rinse and apply the conditioner. Perhaps your hair can be spared any of the usual heat tools – curling tongs, irons and the like, if possible.’

I wondered if Julia has been more or less obliged to pass hours and hours in front of the box during the lockdown madness.

‘I’ve not been wasting time,’ she said. ‘I’ve been attending hair education programs online. They’re informative and fun.

‘The hair industry is always progressing, and I am constantly learning and keeping up to date.

‘There are new techniques to be learned and fashion updates and products evolving and improving constantly.’

Wouldn’t that be rather boring for an expert in the hairdressing trade? ‘Not in the least,’ she said. ‘And experiencing the progress keeps my brain from seizing up, too!’

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