ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine native Stanley Paris, 76, abandoned his record world attempt to sail around the world as the oldest man Saturday near Cape Town, South Africa, according to a blog post on Paris' website.
The 76-year-old left out of St. Augustine in December in his 63-foot sailboat on the estimated 130-day voyage.
Those involved with the historic journey are abandoning the try because they have reportedly come to the conclusion that parts of the boat are inadequate for ocean sailing.
Paris wrote in a blog post:
And so I have decided to abandon and head for Cape Town, some 1,700 miles away. To continue in the face of the sage advice above would be foolish in the extreme, and cruel to my wife, family and friends. I must now abandon this dream.
Life is full of disappointments -- some big, some small. This is a big one as it involved four years of planning and execution. Made bigger still by the involvement of so many others, designers, builders, family, friends, and through social media, several thousand more, all now disappointed and perhaps relieved that with the mounting difficulties that the only right decision has been made.
I should say I am sorry to disappoint so many. But there is one thing I can say and that is, “I tried,” and that my spirit did not give up until those that I must respect made it clear to me that it was over. My physical condition improves daily and is not part of the decision.
There will be no second attempt. It will be a full year before I could start again and I have asked enough of my wife and family already. The boat will be shipped from Cape Town to Maine, restored with the lessons learned, and be the fast family cruiser for which she was intended.
Paris would have been the oldest man to complete the world journey.
He is expected to arrive in port in Africa sometime next week.