Made for the blue ocean: "Kiwi Spirit", the very special boat from Stanley Paris
The New Zealander, who lives in the USA and is extremely spicy for his age, about whom a detailed portrait was published in YACHT 10/2013, sailed from St. Augustine in Florida on December 2nd, but the "measuring section" began at St. David's Lighthouse on the east side of Bermuda, which Paris passed on Saturday. It is the start and end point of its circumnavigation, with which Paris wants to improve the record of its idol Dodge Morgan by 30 days Americans with one hand and without stopping the world on exactly the same route. Its time of 150 days at that time was the absolute world record for solo non-stop circumnavigations until 1990.
The distance Morgan covered at that time was 25,776 miles, from which an average etmal of 171.84 miles is calculated, with an hourly average of about 7 knots. Back then it was very good, today fast cruising boats can do it. But Paris wanted to be absolutely sure and had a hybrid yacht designed for its record, which is suitable for both fast ocean passages, but also for leisurely family sailing. His 19-meter-long "Kiwi Spirit" is a special carbon fiber construction by Farr Yacht Design, which was built at Lyman Morse in Maine.
Paris training in the Caribbean. The boat has been modified in many places since then. The interior has also been removed.
Paris had made many special requests, such as the practical deckhouse above the companionway, where he can find shelter and still sail the boat safely and comfortably, or the removable furniture that stayed on land for his record attempt, which saved a good two tons in weight. Afterwards, everything will be reinstalled, because then Paris wants to use the boat, which is also equipped with a lifting keel, for cruising with friends and family. Incidentally, the entire electricity budget of the "Kiwi Spirit" is fed from renewable energy sources. "It was our job to deliver a design that would get you around the world quickly but also with sufficient comfort," said Bruce Farr, who commented on this unusual task.
After the first week of sailing, everything is fine, Paris says on his blog. "There was only one break: one of my four hydrogen generators, which are my main source of energy, has lost all three wings, simply torn off. Either through a collision with an object, or a shark bitten.
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It took Paris five days to travel the first 864 miles from Florida to Bermuda, which corresponds to an etmal of 172.8 nautical miles. This is better than Morgan, but not good enough, because Paris would have to cut almost 9 knots for his record. There is no question that "Kiwi Spirit" can do it. According to Farr's calculations, the boat, which was modeled on a VOR 70 in many respects, could coast down the 25,000 miles in about 75 days with a full crew and average conditions Paris would have to exploit a little more than 60 percent of the performance potential of "Kiwi Spirit" to cross the finish line at St. David's Light in Bermuda in 120 days.
The Yellowbrick position tracker
What this unusual high-tech yacht can do and how the boat was designed for one-handed operation by a very fit but aged skipper will soon be in the YACHT.
To the position tracker