Disappointed adventurer limps into Cape Town


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