Dr. Stanley Paris’ story sounds like something plucked from a Dos Equis commercial (you know, the ones with “the most interesting man in the world”). Paris has raced cars, completed the World Championship Ironman Triathlon and swum the English Channel, multiple times. Later this month, at 76 years young, Paris, a physical therapist by trade, is setting out to sail around the world alone, nonstop. As if that weren’t daring enough, he’s not just looking to finish; he wants to be the fastest American to do so, by beating Dodge Morgan’s solo circumnavigation record of 150 days. Paris has the endurance to do it, and his noble steed is also up for the task. At 63 feet 8 inches length overall with a beam of 17 feet 9 inches, the Farr Yacht-designed and Lyman Morse-built Kiwi Spirit will be powered solely by solar panels, hydro generators and, of course, the wind. Paris won’t be the only one to benefit from this endeavor if he succeeds, either. He’s looking to raise awareness for his favorite charity, the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Follow Paris’ live location and blog posts from sea.
Dr. Stanley Paris
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