Stanley Paris abandons global sail

Problems with sailboat cause 76-year-old to abandon effort

Author: Chris Robbins, Evening newscast producer, crobbins@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 11 2014 04:43:39 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 11 2014 09:21:21 PM EST
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -

The St. Augustine man who set out on a record-breaking sail around the world has abandoned the trip.

Stanley Paris, 76, wrote on his blog that there were too many problems with his boat.

Paris was trying to become the oldest and fastest person to sail around the world.

The New Zealander left St. Augustine on December 2.

After leaving Bermuda's waters on December 7, Paris sailed into the mid Atlantic Ocean. He is now heading to land in South Africa before returning home.

Paris wrote on his blog: "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."

Paris says there will not be a second attempt.