Stanley Paris has announced he will make another attempt at
sailing solo around the globe, starting in November.
The former Dunedin resident 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, aged 54.
Dr Paris (76) was forced to pull out of his attempt to break
that record in January when equipment on his yacht Kiwi
Spirit began to fail in the South Atlantic Ocean.
There were concerns about the integrity of the rigging system
on the yacht, and ultimately Dr Paris' safety, as he prepared
to enter the Southern Ocean.
At the time, he was adamant there would be no second attempt.
But he now appears to have changed his mind.
He has been in extensive meetings with sail makers,
designers, builders and others during the past month to
determine the best course of action that would restore his
confidence in the boat and its fittings.
''There is no point in starting again if I cannot have a boat
in which I have complete confidence, and which has been
adapted in every way possible for a solo sailor of my age and
Dr Paris said Kiwi Spirit had not only been ''made
whole again'', but made stronger, and he was more confident
about setting forth again.
''Should I fail a second time, and the odds are of course
high for many reasons, in addition to breakages, know that
there will not be a third try as there is a limit to my wife
Catherine's tolerance for such things.''
Records up for grabs
• To be the first to sail from St Augustine, solo, non-stop
and non-assisted around the world.
• To break the existing circumnavigation record of 150 days
• To be the first to do it environmentally friendly.
• To be the oldest to do it solo.