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We feel bad for Stanley Paris…

Stanley Paris has abandoned his solo, non-stop circumnavigation attempt because of damage and technical issues on his 63-foot yacht, Kiwi Spirit. He has altered course to make port in Cape Town, South Africa, about 1,600 miles east/northeast of his position in the South Atlantic. He plans to arrive there in about seven days.

“To continue in the face of the sage advice … would be foolish in the extreme and cruel to my wife, family and friends. I must now abandon this dream,” Paris blogged on Saturday. At 76, his goal was to become the oldest sailor to complete a solo, non-stop voyage around the world and to complete the trip in 120 days. That would have been 30 days faster than the record of America’s first single-handed, non-stop solo circumnavigator, Dodge Morgan, who finished his voyage in 1986 in 150 days.

“My physical condition improves daily and is not part of the decision,” Paris wrote as he recovered from a fall he suffered on New Year’s Day while trying to douse a torn headsail.

After consulting with Farr Yacht Design and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, the designer and builder of Kiwi Spirit, he decided to call it quits because of a number of problems that have developed in the six weeks since he left St. Augustine, Fla. They include a damaged boom, broken battens, jury-rigged mainsheet and reefing systems, and weaknesses in the rigging attachments. Read on, thanks to Soundings.