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.
Paris 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. Paris 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.
Once Paris departs, his 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.
The best viewing area will be on the Bridge of Lions. In all probability, the boat will be towed to the starting line, which is a half mile out to sea.