Dr Stanley Paris Loses Sail And Receives Injury

January 6, 2014

After leaving Bermuda’s waters on December 7, 2013, 76-year-old sailor Dr. Stanley Paris made his way to Brazil’s coastline as he continues his quest to circumnavigate the globe is his boat Kiwi Spirit, but a recent series of unfortunate events has him slowing down as he makes his way east across the Atlantic.

Dr. Paris reported both damage to the boat and to his own body following a wind storm on New Year’s Eve.

His latest blog post said, “New Year’s Eve started out well, but by early morning the wind picked up and I was caught with a light headwind sail, which was in danger of being overloaded. On several occasions I had to take the helm. It was a scary situation and no sleep for me.

“The 1/2 bottle of champagne to celebrate the new year had not been touched. Finally at 4:00 am, a gust blew out the sail and torn fabric filled the air with a swooshing sound. It was dark and there was nothing I could do but watch the sail self destruct. Come dawn, I started the long process of getting the sail down and on deck before stuffing it away below. This would have been too dangerous to do at night. It is a pile of scraps.

Screencap from the tracking map [link] showing Dr Paris location as of January 6th:

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“While pulling on some pieces stuck in the shrouds, one piece suddenly gave way and I fell flat on my back onto an extrusion of the deck. The pain just below my left scapula was in as much as any pain I have ever experienced.

“I lay still for a few minutes testing my lungs and then started to get going. I could feel a rib cracking in my back. Crawling was out, as my left arm could take no weight. A few more actions and I collapsed for several hours in the cockpit.

“Today, three days later, I am doing better, but am very limited with what I can do with the left arm. It’s getting better and will take a few more days before some of the needed tasks on the boat can be attended to.

“I am now sailing conservatively and gently, until such time as I am ready again and can attend to a number of tasks. Sorry to have to convey this news. I shall be fine, just need take it easy as best I can for now. Regardless – Happy New Year.”

Dr. Paris’ Kiwi Spirit:


An experienced sailor with a handful of records already under his belt, Dr. Paris hopes to make his trip in only 120 days in Kiwi Spirit, a boat that runs entirely via power generated by solar panels, wind generators, and hydrogenerators; completing the trip successfully would make him the oldest sailor to circumnavigate the globe, as well as the first to do so without using traditional fuel.

Dr. Paris originally set out from the Florida coast on November 30, 2013.

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  1. Pris Campbell says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your injuries but glad you’re improving. Pulling for you every step of the way!