Stanley Paris has finally begun his round-the-world
record attempt, after rough seas with 3m high waves delayed his
start on Saturday.
The former University of Otago physiotherapist's yacht,
Kiwi Spirit, was to be towed from St Augustine, on the
United States east coast, to the start line just outside the
Dr Paris (76) said in a blog the 3m waves over shallow water
on the inlet at St Augustine could cause the boat to slam
down on the hard inlet sand, with devastating results to the
integrity of the vessel.
''There was no other choice [but to delay the start]. Of
course, I am frustrated and disappointed, especially for
those who have come to see me off and had to leave to catch
The weather was calm enough yesterday morning, New Zealand
time, for Dr Paris to begin his around-the-world solo,
unassisted and non-stop trip.
He is headed towards Bermuda, where his record-setting
attempt will officially begin and, from there, he will head
southeast into the South Atlantic, past South Africa,
Australia, New Zealand and South America before heading back
He hopes to do it all within 120 days, which will be 30 days
quicker than the late Dodge Morgan's solo Bermuda-to-Bermuda
record, set in 1986.
If he is successful, Dr Paris will become the oldest person
in the world, by about six years, to sail solo, non-stop and
unassisted around the world.
Embarking on one of the most dangerous voyages on the planet,
Dr Paris was confident Kiwi Spirit would get him
around the globe.
''I do have a great boat and she has proved that in the three
international offshore races that I took part in and gained
line honours in two of them.''
He was also confident he would reach the finish line in
Bermuda unscathed, so much so, he is already planning more
adventures after this one is complete.
He has passed a medical exam for a relay to swim on the
English Channel next year, which would be his third time
swimming the channel.