Circumnavigation ends again as Dr Paris pulls out with torn sail

The Royal Gazette:

Dr Stanley Paris has been forced to abandon his attempt to become the fastest person to sail solo around the world after suffering damage to his yacht Kiwi Spirit in the middle of the Southern Atlantic Ocean. The 77-year-old sailor is now heading to Cape Town, South Africa.

“Once against my attempt to complete a solo circumnavigation has come to an end. On Christmas Eve the top quarter of the mainsail separated along a seam from the rest of the sail,” he told his social media page. “This is not repairable by me at sea and, given the gales I can expect before I round the tip of South America, it is once again not advisable to continue.”

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