January 10, 2019

I thought my readers might be interested in just two photos from my failed attempt. The boat is being repaired and improved.

January 1, 2019

The last blog contained the paragraph “Never in my over 100,000 sea miles have I had so much go wrong so soon. Major problems include loss of bilge pumps, loss of two starboard hydro genators, so necessary for power. In addition, diesel fuel leaks into bilges and fresh...

December 16, 2018

Kiwi Spirit II heads for St. Augustine.  It is not what we wanted to hear.  It's a bitter disappointment, I know.  Never in over my 100,000 sea miles have I had so much go wrong so soon.  Major problems include: loss of bilge pumps, loss of two starboard side hydro gen...

December 9, 2018

In the predawn hour the Code Zero headsail furling failed and the sail in fresh winds unwound. The furling gear on the drum then parted and so I had no choice but to dump the sail in the ocean while keeping it attached. Four hours later I had it on board - mostly. A go...

December 5, 2018

It began with a send off from St Augustine. Not like the first time when there were hundreds present on the dock and bridge, twenty some boats in escort including the Coast Guard and the fort fired canon in a salute. Now on my fourth and final attempt there were a fait...

November 30, 2018

Kiwi Spirit II left the dock under tow at 12:30 pm today, November 29th. Engine and fuel have been officially sealed to comply with the rules. Once at sea and before the Outer Buoy off St. Augustine inlet, she was held to the wind.  Keel down to maximum depth, sails ra...

November 29, 2018

Given my three failed attempts I wish to not only low key my start but also my voyage – that is until I get further than before – get past South Africa. If all is well at that point, I will crack open a champagne, raise up my spirits, celebrate and no doubt have an inc...

November 28, 2018

Solo sailing is literally taking off. It was only 50 years ago that Sir Robin Knox Johnson became the first person to complete a solo non-stop (England and back to England). Now this year some 23 sailors signed up for the Golden Globe to repeat that event. Only 18 star...

November 27, 2018

We are in the advanced planning and preparation and all systems are go to depart the St. Augustine City dock at 12:30 pm Thursday, November 29th.

Readers may recall that my first attempt in 2014 ended when the deck fittings supporting the mast began to fail and I retire...

November 15, 2018

Though wishing for a silent departure, Dr. Paris on Kiwi Spirit II,  will not be departing as planned on November 24th.  A more realistic date will be later in the month and will be posted in a blog. Thank you for your interest.

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