To: Roland and Peachey:
I was able to find the quotation in Google "books."
Yes, the word IS "stared."
In his book "Screw it, Let's do it: Lessons in Life," Sir Richard Branson writes:
"When we got here, I ran onto the beach and STARED at the sea. I longed to swim, but I had never learned how to." (Page 68)