Stanley Paris: The second attempt also failed in the South Atlantic
The New Zealand physiotherapist, university founder, adventurer and solo sailor was not fortunate in his second record attempt at a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world. About a year ago technical problems with his yacht "Kiwi Spirit" and a back injury sustained when he fell on deck were the reasons for the abortion, this time a horizontal crack in the mainsail forced him to throw in the towel. And like in January of this year, it has to call into the port of Cape Town in South Africa again, which means that the non-stop aspect is no longer applicable. Its arrival is expected around the New Year.
"And again my attempt to finish a one-handed circumnavigation of the world ended," blogged the disappointed skipper from board. "On Christmas Eve, the upper quarter of the mainsail tore off the rest of the sail along a seam. I can't fix this myself at sea. Again, given the storms I have to expect before I can round the tip of South Africa, it's again inadvisable to carry on."
The "Kiwi Spirit" designed by Farr offers many technical refinements, but has also been plagued by problems
"The Kiwi Spirit is a 63-foot custom-made product designed by Farr and built by the US shipyard Lyman-Morse for this circumnavigation. The technically complex 19-meter boat has a lifting keel, water ballast, solar, wind and hydrogen generators. Paris wanted to cover the entire energy requirement on this trip exclusively with renewable energy (see YACHT 3/2014).
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"This is of course a big disappointment for me and everyone who supported me," he said on his blog. "But that's life. I have never let difficulties dissuade me from doing something worthwhile. I am constantly aware that I could fail. But the fear of failure has never deterred or prevented me from doing so not to try. Because that would mean acceptance of mediocrity, and that is out of the question for me."
According to the tracker, "Kiwi Spirit" is already shortly before Cape Town and sails northeast at about six to seven knots. Paris announced that it would carry out the necessary repairs on site and then have the boat transferred to the US.