November 17, 2017

Oh my, I am ready. The boat is complete. Food is on board - canned, refrigerated, frozen, dehydrated and fresh. Full water tank and two adult beverages a day for 150 days. Milk powder to reconstitute 100 liters. Spares parts and repair materials. Redundancy. What have...

November 11, 2017

With eight days to go the corporate and individual sponsors whose support goes to the Foundation for Physical Therapy have been placed on the boat. My sincere thanks to them for supporting physical therapy research. If you feel left out your name can still go on a shee...

November 1, 2017

Picture below shows the mainsail on 3rd reef. Off the Azores in 40 knots with a furled J2 (staysail), we were overpowered on 3rd reef and so we have now installed a 4th reef.

The past two weeks project manager Steve Pettengill and son Alan - both of whom have circumnavi...

October 11, 2017

Dodging weather systems Kiwi Spirit II has been safely delivered to Florida and now sits at the end of my dock. First up  is to remove all gear not needed for solo sailing such as bedding, extra plates, cups etc. Next week my son Alan arrives and Project Manager, Steve...

September 14, 2017

Again we wait. It's Thursday just four days after Irma hit my home and docks. Minimal damage but still cleaning up. We left Kiwi Spirit in Maine to avoid the weather but now Hurricane Jose is headed towards New England. We have no idea as to when we can start to bring...

September 7, 2017

Kiwi Spirit II (KS2) is almost ready to set sail from Maine to St. Augustine. Some final touches and a close look at Hurricane Irma before departing.

The new Mainsail is a little smaller and has four reefs instead of three. We learned off Horta in the Azores during 40+...

September 6, 2017

Kiwi Spirit II is ready to sail south to St. Augustine but Irma holds her in Maine. This could delay the scheduled solo attempt on November 4th. Much work and sail training remains to be done. Everything is now on hold. We will lose a week at least.

August 21, 2017

Stanley in red at head if University of Otago graduation parade down Main Street

Being awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (HonDLaws)

August 15, 2017

Yesterday I hit 80! No sweat - no celebration after all who wants to be 80? Now 90 - ah that will be a wild celebration if I know about it at all. But today, Monday I'm off to New Zealand to give the graduation address at my alma mater, the University of Otago and to r...

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