It wasn’t the Christmas present Stanley Paris wanted.
Equipment failure has again forced Paris to abandon his attempt to solo circumnavigate the globe.
The 77-year-old part-time Queenstowner was almost at the southern coast of South Africa when the top quarter of Kiwi Spirit’s mainsail separated along a seam from the rest of the sail.
“This is not repairable by me at sea,” he says from his yacht. “And given the gales I can expect before I round the tip of South Africa, it is once again not advisable to continue.
“This is, of course, a big disappointment to me and to many who have wished me well. But that is life.”
Paris has arrived in Cape Town for repairs before a crew sails Kiwi Spirit back to the United States.
It’s Paris has failed to break the late Dodge Morgan’s Bermuda-to-Bermuda world record of 150 days, set in 1986.
He says on his blog: “I am always aware that failure can occur but I have never let the fear of failure deter or prevent me from trying. To do so would be to accept mediocrity and that I will never do.”
Otago Daily Times