Wind at Last – Dodge Well Ahead

As we hit noon on the 5th day, it looks like I might have one more light wind day after good winds today before I get the trade winds which are steady and reliable, used by the sailing ships of old (hence trade winds). At this point the “ghost” of Dodge Morgan on his Ted Hood designed “American Promise” is SW of me and 150 miles ahead, to where we will both turn around the east coast of Brazil and head towards the South  Atlantic. Despite all the adversity and maddening shortage of winds, my routing service is pleased with my position as had I taken the fastest route, given the winds, I would have been forced  too far south and into adverse water currents.

Life on board is settling into a routine. At first light, I check the horizon, then a look at the sails, walk around the deck to look for chafing of lines, which can happen very fast, loose fittings and the condition and trim of the sails. Then its breakfast, cereal and coffee, while I consult the print out of the four day weather forecast and plan the day including jobs. This morning it was to change from the light wind Code Zero, 1,900 square feet down to the genoa at 1,335 square feet. And those are not my biggest sails, the A2 (Asymmetrical Spinnaker) is 3,000 square feet – as big as many homes. To launch these sails takes a good deal of planning and work. Took 90 minutes to launch the Code Zero from its sail locker, after which I needed a rest.

The morning then is reading and writing. The early afternoon is a nap – but again no more than 30-45 minutes and sail trimming is necessary. Then its cocktail hour at 5:00pm. Dinner, and then I start my naps.

What is good about sailing west to east is that every 15 degrees of longitude I get to move the clock an hour ahead. Not fast enough to cause jet lag, but I get 24 of them in a circumnavigation and on those days cocktail hour comes an hour earlier! Great! My dad had two rules about drinking, which I like to respect. First, as a rule, don’t drink before 5:00pm. OK, Dad I got that one, but it’s the second rule that troubles me. “Son, don’t drink alone!” Oops – sorry Dad.

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Stanley is not personally accepting sponsorship funds for the Kiwi Spirit project, but instead is using this unique experience to raise money for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, which is a national organization closely associated with the American Physical Therapy Association. Stanley is not only a trustee of the Foundation but he has raised money for the Foundation before from other adventures.

The profession of physical therapy has only in recent years become autonomous and is now responsible for the quality of what it does in assisting patients and clients restore, maintain and enhance their physical functioning. Stanley’s particular interest is in challenging orthopaedic surgery, which is all too willing to replace knees and hips and to fuse spines. He believes that physical therapy gives a better result and a better quality of life with less complications and fatalities at less cost. He sees the problem for this idea is that there is little long term research to prove this is the case and that’s what he would like this money to do.

So why should you donate? Because such funds will assist the research that improves the quality of care and the quality of life provided by physical therapists. Stanley believes there are better alternatives and would like to help in raising money for research for this reason.

Sail with Stanley by making a tax deductible donation, and your name will be placed on board Kiwi Spirit for the voyage around the globe. 100% of your contribution goes to the Foundation for Physical Therapy.


Widely known as a pioneer in the field of physical therapy, Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, founded the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Since his immigration to the U.S. from New Zealand in 1966, he has been actively involved in research, clinical practice and teaching in the area of orthopaedic and manual physical therapy. He has published more than 40 articles in physical therapy, medical and osteopathic journals and a book, The Spinal Lesion (1965). As an avid supporter of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Stanley would like others to join his mission of helping fund this important non-profit organization.