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Trouble for Paris in solo record attempt

Published on December 8th, 2018

Dr Stanley Paris has been trying since 2014 to solo circumnavigate the world. After three failures, the 81 year old, set out again on November 29 on his Finot-Conq 53 Kiwi Spirit II from St. Augustine, FL. Here’s latest update:


(December 8, 2018; Day 10) – In the predawn hour the Code Zero headsail furling failed and the sail in fresh winds unwound. The furling gear on the drum then parted and so I had no choice but to dump the sail in the ocean while keeping it attached.

Four hours later I had it on board – mostly. A good piece was snagged on the propeller and would not yield so I dumped the whole sail back in the water again hoping it might float free of the propeller. No luck. By 2:00pm I was exhausted from the eight hours of labor.

Now I am drifting with the sail acting as a drogue. Tomorrow I shall climb down the rear ladder and tear a lot then plot what to do next. in the meantime, the Yellow Brick will show me pretty well static, i.e. adrift.


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In his fourth and final attempt, here are his goals for the trip:
1. Just get around nonstop.
2. Challenge Dodge Morgan’s 1986 solo Bermuda back to Bermuda of 150 days, 1 hour and 6 minutes.
3. Be the second to do it green. Conrad Coleman managed it in the 2016-17 Vendee Globe.
4. Be the oldest at 81 years.
5. Set a record from St. Augustine.

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