Kiwi expat Stanley Paris has done it all. The St. Augustine, FL doc is regarded as a pioneer in modern physical therapy, and he’s also an author and Ironman triathlete, and a long-range swimmer and endurance motorcycle racer. But what caught our attention was not his history – it was Dr. Paris’s newest goal: To become the oldest human to sail non-stop around the world.
Paris new Farr-designed 63 footer is perhaps one of the sexiest cruising boats ever. With 15 feet of draft (lifting keel brings draft to just 8’7”), a powerful rig, big water ballast tanks and lots of ideas from the IMOCA world, the Lyman-Morse built Paris 63 should be a great way to get around the marble at the ripe old age of 76; that would beat the record Dodge Morgan set in 1986 when he circumnavigated at 58 years old.
Paris is also attempting to be the first to sail a non-stop trip without using a single drop of hydrocarbon fuel, though he’s likely to be eclipsed by Bubi Senso’s Acciona 100% Eco-Powered boat in next week’s Vendee Globe. Still, Paris will likely take away different lessons and learning from his solar/wind/hydro powered boat than the much faster Owen/Clarke Acciona Open 60, and he’ll still be the first cruiser to accomplish this excellent green goal.