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Weather delays bid for world sailing record

11:55 PM, Nov 30, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A St. Augustine man planning to sail around the world in record time had to take a rain check Saturday.

Dr. Stanley Paris had planned to set out Saturday afternoon, but weather delayed his voyage until Sunday morning.

Saturday afternoon, Paris said "The weather is so rough at the inlet. The waves are ten feet high and it could dump my yacht onto the bottom between waves, and the tow boats say it's too risky to take me out." 

Aboard his boat named Kiwi Spirit, Paris will leave at 7 a.m. Sunday.

The 76-year-old told First Coast News his goal is to sail around the world alone, making him the oldest person to accomplish the feat.

He aims to finish faster than anyone else before him, breaking the current record of 150 days, 6 hours and 1 minute held by Dodge Morgan.

Paris wants to make the same trip, about 27,000 miles, between 120 and 130 days.

He also plans on being the first person to ever do it without using any fossil fuels for power or propulsion.

Paris says no one has ever tried it without using hydrocarbons.

So he has solar panels, wind turbines and even hydrogenerators -- turbines that generate power when move through water -- to power his electronic equipment.

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