Dr. Stanley Paris, the founding president and chairman of the University of St. Augustine, will launch his high-tech sailing vessel on a voyage around the world in a test of endurance and resolve on Saturday, November 30 at 4:30pm from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.
The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration and the City of St. Augustine are honored to have such an endeavor begin in its historic city.
is attempting a St. Augustine to St. Augustine around-the-world solo voyage, unassisted and non-stop.
And if that's not challenging enough, he will be the oldest skipper to attempt such a mission at the age of 76.
will challenge a record set in 1986 by Dodge Morgan-perhaps making history himself.
After leaving the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, Paris
will guide his
sailboat, Kiwi Spirit (nicknamed the Spirit of St. Augustine), to Bermuda, eventually circling the globe without an engine or emitting any hydrocarbons.
Approximately 130 days later, Paris
is expected to be welcomed back into his
hometown of St. Augustine-a place he
has called home since 1996.
Other physical challenges Paris
has faced head on include the World Championship Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii and swimming across the English Chanel twice-both are testament to his
resolve and dedication to physical health.
voyage can be tracked online
If you go to watch the departure on Saturday, November 30:
- 3:45pm: Remarks by St. Augustine Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline, City Manager John Regan and Stanley Paris.
- 4:30pm: Stanley Paris
departs through the Bridge of Lions.