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At 76 a local man prepares to set sail around the world

Stanley Paris 11-26-13 (Lorena Inclan)
Stanley Paris, 76, will attempt to sail around the world on a sailboat without stopping. (Lorena Inclan)
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Updated: 11/27/2013 5:31 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- For the past four years Stanley Paris, 76, has been preparing for a historic trip on a his sailboat.

Paris is a New Zealand native turned St. Augustine local. He says you're never too old to embark on an adventure.

"There is a 3 to 5 percent chance something very serious could happen to me out there," said Paris. "But on the other hand I'm 76 and there is an 8 percent chance I won't get through next year any how."

Paris will depart from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina at the helm of his 63-foot sailboat for a nonstop journey around the globe.

"I want to be the first that's done it entirely green. No hydrocarbons, no propane, no butane. I won't be using any diesel or anything," said Paris.

But that won't be the only record he sets if he's successful.

Paris could be the oldest man to complete the journey, the first to start from St. Augustine and he'll also attempt to break the previous record of 150 days and complete the trip in 130.

His aptly named sail boat, Kiwi Spirit, is equipped with maps, safety gear and the latest technology. Paris won't be all alone on the journey, he'll have the audience of the world wide web that will be able to track his every move.

"I think it's fun for everybody to see how I'm doing," said Paris.

The tracker will also serve as a safety device -- if it stops moving then his followers will know something is wrong.

But Paris says fear has never stopped him and it won't start now.

"Life is not without risks. It's just depending on how much you're willing to take on," said Paris. 

The city of St. Augustine is preparing a joyous send off for Paris on Nov 30.

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