Intrepid sailor Paris now in mid-Atlantic
Sailor Stanley Paris, on his continuing solo quest to circle the globe in less than 150 days, is now in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with his power on board running again.
Dr Paris, 77, currently halfway between Barbados and Cape Verde off West Africa, reported that his hydro generators resumed functioning after getting repeatedly clogged with sargassum seaweed earlier in the voyage.
His vessel, the Kiwi Spirit, swung past Bermuda on November 15, six days after he set out from St Augustine, Florida on his second bid to break the record. Once he headed past Bermuda, the vessel’s generators began to improve.
Dr Paris is the father of local sailor Alan Paris, who in 2003 became the first Bermudian to sail the world solo.
Blogging from his vessel, which can be tracked online, Dr Paris said: “With the power up, and the boat stable, it seemed time for my first hot shower in 10 days, and boy do I feel good now.’’
His 64ft vessel is powered by wind and solar energy. The record he is attempting to break was set in 1986 by sailor Dodge Morgan.
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