The President of the boat designers at Farr Yacht Design, after seeing the photos of the failures and repairs, as well as his recognizing that the design of the rigging attachments to the yacht were inadequate for ocean sailing, emailed me to say:
“I have to say looking through them that I’ve become really concerned. My recommendation is to stop and regroup. I know that isn’t what you want to hear, but I don’t believe that you should continue into the Southern Ocean in this state. I think it would be irresponsible to do it. I think you have too many substantial problems to head into harm’s way. The boom end failure is a substantial one. The jury rigged mainsheet arrangement looks very prone to chafe. That, combined with the jury rigged reefing arrangement, leads me to believe that a substantial failure is possible. If that occurs, you will quickly end up in a loss of mainsail situation. That by itself could quickly lead to a dismasting… I think the widespread failures across so many systems, would have kept a crewed grand prix boat on shore. To have this combination of problems in your injured state is inviting disaster… Please make the prudent decision and stop.”

 

From Commanders Weather who have been routing me, stated after a comprehensive outline of various strategies:

“I am very sorry, but the safest decision will be to head for Cape Town.  And, getting into Cape Town is sometimes not very easy!”

 

From Cabot Lyman, the owner of Lyman Morse, the builders:

“I am in complete amazement and awe of your accomplishment so far -you have  the complete respect of everyone who has any knowledge of this project and  the many thousands of miles you have already sailed puts you in the category of the very few. Is it prudent for you to stop in Cape Town. Yes, are we all disappointed – yes – extremely so.

 

And so I have decided to abandon and head for Cape Town, some 1,700 miles away. To continue in the face of the sage advice above would be foolish in the extreme, and cruel to my wife, family and friends. I must now abandon this dream.
Life is full of disappointments- some big, some small. This is a big one as it involved four years of planning and execution. Made bigger still by the involvement of so many others, designers, builders, family, friends, and through social media, several thousand more, all now disappointed and perhaps relieved that with the mounting difficulties that the only right decision has been made.
I should say I am sorry to disappoint so many. But there is one thing I can say and that is, “I tried,” and that my spirit did not give up until those that I must respect made it clear to me that it was over.  My physical condition improves daily and is not part of the decision.
There will be no second attempt. It will be a full year before I could start again and I have asked enough of my wife and family already. The boat will be shipped from Cape Town to Maine, restored with the lessons learned, and be the fast family cruiser for which she was intended.
There will be more blogs. In the meantime, to one and all, thank you for your support. Now, some eight days to Cape Town.

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  1. Kevin Jennings says:

    Good job, sir! I know you’re disappointed, but make no mistake: You’ve done something that others only dream of. Most people dream of doing something, but never take the next step. You, on the other hand, took the steps necessary to make your dream a reality. I am very envious. Good luck, good sir!
    - Kevin Jennings, Saint Augustine, FL

  2. Herb Happel says:

    Congratulations for a fine and courageous effort. I have followed your track and blogs with great interest, respect and admiration. The decision to abandon the voyage was no less courageous than that to start. Safe into Cape Town.

  3. Stan P. Paris says:

    Dad,

    No one is disappointed, just proud. Thank you for making the right decision and putting safety first.

    There is no doubt in our minds- if the boat would have been up to it, you would have completed the attempt as planned.

    But it’s called an attempt for a reason- bad weather conditions, mechanical breakdowns, as well as many other problems were anticipated, just not to this extent. In making it this far you have already succeeded in many ways and made us all very proud. You will live to fight another day and we look forward to your safe return home.

    Who says a Kiwi can’t fly,
    (Little) Stan

  4. Perry says:

    I share your disappointment. I am so perplexed as to why a boat specifically designed and built for this adventure would sustain such devastating damage by relatively moderate sea conditions when compared to the numerous mass produced boats (cheap boats) that sail through worse conditions without sustaining any damage. The am curious as to the name of the inferior furling system that separated.

  5. Perry says:

    “The President of the boat designers at Farr Yacht Design, after seeing the photos of the failures and repairs, as well as his recognizing that the design of the rigging attachments to the yacht were inadequate for ocean sailing,…” WHERE THE HELL WAS HE WHEN THE BOAT WAS BEING DESIGNED AND BUILT?

  6. Jeff goff says:

    I wonder what Dodge Morgan’s hand holders were telling him at this stage? Or what about Francis Chestester???

  7. Gina says:

    I can not imagine your disappointment at this moment. But please remember that you have inspired so many to chase their own dreams and own challenges, big and small! Thank you for opening your adventure to all of us. You may never know how many lives you have changed, but during these remaining 8 days at sea on your way to Cape Town, take heart in knowing that you have opened the door for others to not be afraid to pursue their own greatness. And so feel no disappointment, for all that you did was allow others to feel inspired. Stay safe and St Augustine will be happy to welcome you home soon!

  8. Mary Adams says:

    Stanley – I have been watching, reading and praying for you and share your disappointment but only because this was something you wanted. I count this as one more remarkable achievement in a lifetime of many such achievements. I always say it’s important to be sure and tilt your head when looking at something that on the surface is a disappointment because when you tilt your head you see it from a completely different perspective and many more times than not you see it for what it truly is: Remarkable, wonderful or maybe just not so bad after all. I am so fortunate to know you for so many years.

  9. Wayne Dunn says:

    Beth and I are also in awe of all you have done. Every day we have looked for and enjoyed your blog postings. We admire your courage, strength, and wisdom not only in this undertaking but in the prudent, thoughtful wise decision you are now making. We will continue to look on for your safe passage to Cape Town.

  10. Barry Tully says:

    My condolences and deep respect for your adventurous spirit.

  11. Deepest sympathies to Stanley – I can well understand how deeply disappointed he must be feeling – but safety is his first concern so heading into Cape Town is his only sensible course of action… But he needs to bear in mind that the usual way to arrive there is FROM THE SW – so he needs to head further S if he is to lay Cape Town and not be taken up the coast by N-flowing current and possibly strong SEasterlies near er land…

  12. Nanette says:

    Dear Mr Paris,
    I applaud you for doing as well as you have. I live in St Augustine and I was so excited for you to have the adventure of a lifetime. I also share in your disappointment of not being able to continue your journey. May you find Cape Town safely and come home to your wife and family the same. We all will be cheering for you when you finally get home. You have done such a wonderful job!! And Congratulations for a job well done!!

  13. Dear Stanley,

    Please know that your fellow members of OCC have been following your journey on the OCC Facebook page. We were all cheering for you and urging you on with our thoughts.

    Yours is a noble cause and a valiant effort. You’ve collected a great deal of information that will be put to good use by all those who follow in your wake (maybe even yourself). After all, Jeanne Socrates didn’t manage the solo, non-stop on her first try. And man didn’t land on the moon in one trip.

    We wish you a safe and speedy arrival in Capetown. Please take care of those ribs.

    Kind regards,
    Daria Blackwell

  14. Rosanne Vernon says:

    Better to have tried and failed, than to never have tried…yet how frustrating to have to abandon due to such complications! You are still an inspiration, and you have changed my outlook on what is possible to do in life, at any age!

  15. Travel safe to Cape Town, Stanley. We’re all praying for you and your family. You’ve made us all back here in St. Augustine very proud!

  16. Marisa says:

    Dr. Paris in light of your decision, your courage is anything but small and it takes a bigger person to outweigh the risk and rewards of your amazing feat. You have not disappointed us, but rather inspired us. You have not failed us, but rather encouraged us to pursue anything the mind can conceive. In our eyes, you can and you did what some of us only dream of doing at your young age. Vicariously, you have taught us lessons in life: to be tactful and intelligent in decision making, put family first, and above all else, pursue your dreams. You are a victor in advocating for the Physical Therapy profession and an extraordinary pioneer for physical therapists across the world. I, as well as my colleagues, are deeply humbled by your drive and compassion for PT in motion in the ocean and leading a purpose driven life. I look forward to seeing you back in the St. Augustine Campus.

  17. Michael says:

    Stanley – To have gotten this far is an inspiration. While I imagine the decision to pull out is gutting, the effort was bold and audacious. Congratulations, and thank you.

  18. Penny Whiting says:

    Stanley I share in your frustration and disappointment at this stage of your trip. I have followed you with huge interest and admiration of your achievements and spirit, congratulations and I hope to see you sailing a cruising?fast yacht in the near future. Sail well into Capetown.
    Warmest regards Penny Whiting MBE New Zealand.

  19. JLubimir (Flight Risk) says:

    Stan- I was disappointed not to be in St. Augustine to see you off but have followed your challenges and progress daily. I know after racing alongside you in the Bermuda 1-2 how deeply committed you have been to your dream. I applaud both your incredible efforts so far and your courage to make the right decision despite the desire to press on.

  20. In response to Perry

    The failed components were neither designed nor supplied by Farr Yacht Design.

  21. Gina Musolino says:

    We are all so proud of ALL you have accomplished!
    Beyond Inspirational!
    Sorry for the difficulties &
    Safe journey to Cape Town!
    Warm regards from the Sunshine State
    ~gina

  22. I’ve been reading out some of your stories and i can claim pretty good stuff. I will surely bookmark your blog.

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