It has been asked by quite a few, “shall I restart?” As to it being from Cape Town where I am now headed, the answer is a clear and concise “no!” My goal was to leave from St. Augustine, during its 450th celebration (now my adopted home), via Bermuda, where I lived for three years and from where the record of 150 days was set by Dodge Morgan. My eldest son, Alan, is a Bermudian, and the first from that nation to have circumnavigated – something we have both done in years past- he solo, me with friends and family. So, it’s St. Augustine via Bermuda or not at all.

To make this decision, I need to have complete confidence in the repairs, modifications and replacements to Kiwi Spirit. We have in this past year gained a great deal of experience that will help us enhance performance and increase safety. It would be a pity to waste this learning, but I shall remain cautious and delay a final decision until I am completely satisfied on all counts. In the meantime, we will proceed as though we are going to restart in late November from St. Augustine.

I am at present proceeding to Cape Town and expected to arrive Monday or Tuesday. I will be met by my wife, Catherine, and Steve Tofield. Steve is from Lyman Morse in Maine, who did a great job in building the boat.  Once he is onboard, he will take over. Needed repairs will be done in Cape Town, then the boat, with a crew of two or three, will sail to Antigua and be docked there, awaiting weather in May to proceed to Maine for all necessary work.

By the time Kiwi Spirit arrives in Maine, much consultation and planning will have taken place, so that we get it right. I will be responsible for this.

I suspect I can now consider myself an experienced “solo” sailor, having logged some 62 solo days at sea by the time I reach Cape Town – 48 since the departure from St. Augustine.  Experience should never be wasted.

Blog8 comments

  1. Bette Ann (BA) Harris says:

    You are just amazing!! Wishing you safe travels to Cape Town and will there be bagpipes playing as you arrive??

  2. Brandon H. says:


    I am glad to hear there will be a possible restart in November. You made the right call this time… Get the Kiwi back to Maine and get her in tiptop shape, I am sure you have learned almost everything her so far… Good Luck and Godspeed.

  3. Tiffany says:

    I have been checking in on your adventure since the news did the story on you. I am saddened by what has happened, but much kudos to you and your bravery. Best of luck to you, hope you make it to Cape Town safely. Hope you do try this adventure once again in the future.

  4. Wayne Dunn says:

    This may not be the popular view but as a professional engineer with 30+ years experience, I admire your team making the initiating the difficult conversation that resulted in a hard decision which is both wise and prudent. To quote from the movie Apollo 13: “our mission was viewed as a successful failure”. They didn’t land on the moon but made it home safe. Root cause analysis and forward planning is more powerful than second guessing. A lessons learned team is a powerful technical allie regardless of what you decide comes next. Safe travels.

  5. Beth Kolbe says:

    Dr. Paris, I am in complete awe of your undertaking this dangerous journey regardless of how experienced and good a sailor you are. Doing this alone carbon-free is admirable but fraught with perils. I am glad you are better and made the wise decision to stop in Cape Town. As Wayne Dunn said in his email, your journey has been a “successful failure” because you are still alive. Safe travels for the remaining several hundred miles and Godspeed my fellow PT.

  6. Peter Foster says:

    It is the path we take that has the most interest, the goal we focus on is just the end of the path.
    Like all good sports people, concentrate on the task at hand and get into Cape Town the best you can.
    Good luck.

  7. Scott Kuhner says:

    Stanley, now I truly believe it when I asked you back in Thomaston Maine if you kept your socks up with thumb tacks because you were so tough to take on the mission in front of you, and you answered, “no! I keep them up with barbed wire!”

  8. Walter Wildman says:

    Mr. Paris,

    I have been following you since you left St. Augustine. My wife and I were in St. Augustine and watched you leave. You have definitely had quite an adventure. I admire you!

    Walter Wildman
    Glen Allen, Virginia

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