Now the pressure is off Stanley Paris over his failed
attempt to circumnavigate the planet in 120 days, the
76-year-old has had time to mull over his future, and has not
ruled out having another go at the world record.
The former Dunedin resident was forced to pull out of his
record attempt earlier this week after equipment on his yacht
Kiwi Spirit began to fail, and there were concerns
about the integrity of the rigging system on the yacht, and
ultimately his safety, as he prepared to enter the Southern
Dr Paris had hoped to become the oldest and fastest person to
sail solo around the world from Bermuda, by breaking the
record set in 1986 by the late Dodge Morgan, who did it in
150 days, at age 54, on American Promise.
In his blog on January 11, Dr Paris said there would be no
However, it appears he may be changing his mind on his detour
to safety in Cape Town, South Africa.
''To make this decision, I need to have complete confidence
in the repairs, modifications and replacements to Kiwi
Spirit,'' he said in a blog yesterday.
''We have in this past year gained a great deal of experience
that will help us enhance performance and increase safety.
''It would be a pity to waste this learning, but I shall
remain cautious and delay a final decision until I am
completely satisfied on all counts.''
In the meantime, he said he would proceed as though he would
restart in late November this year, from St Augustine,
He expects to arrive in Cape Town early next week, where he
will be met by wife Catherine, and one of the builders of his
boat from Lyman Morse.
He said repairs would be made to Kiwi Spirit before a
crew sailed her to Antigua, and eventually Maine, in the
United States, where the boat would be fully repaired.
''By the time Kiwi Spirit arrives in Maine, much
consultation and planning will have taken place, so that we
get it right.
''I will be responsible for this. I suspect I can now
consider myself an experienced solo sailor, having logged
some 62 solo days at sea by the time I reach Cape Town - 48
since the departure from St Augustine.
''Experience should never be wasted.''