Carnage In the Bay of Biscay for the Transat Jacques Vabre

Carnage In the Bay of Biscay for the Transat Jacques Vabre

In case anyone is any doubt about how tough the conditions have been for Keith White, there has been carnage in the Transat Jaques Vabre Atlantic race. Pro racers on new cutting edge race boats have been crashing out and sustaining huge structural damage, and dismastings. A lot of the fleet are having to do repairs and make unscheduled stops in this non-stop race after battling the stream of low pressures coming on over the Bay of Biscay. The same low pressure systems that Keith has had to battle.

Skipper Alex Thomson and his co skipper Guillermo Altadill have today been air lifted from the Open 60 race yacht Hugo Boss. They were  82 miles from Spain which puts them in roughly the same area as Keith White. Like Keith, they were running for safety in A Coruna, but never made it.

The fact that Keith White has made it through the worst of the gale force winds and rough seas on an old boat is impressive alone. But whilst fighting with major repairs with only the use of one hand, is testament to this man’s sheer resolve and inner strength to beat the odds. This man never gives up.

By | 2015-11-30T20:40:02+00:00 October 31st, 2015|World Challenge|5 Comments

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Keith lives on the Isle of Wight and is an accomplished solo offshore Yachtsman. He lost the use of his left arm in a motorway accident in 1991, so he really is your genuine single handed yachtsman. What is incredible is that not only has his disability not prevented him from living his dreams, it’s spurred him on to better things. In 2015 he takes on the pinnacle of solo sailing by sailing single-handed and non stop around the world in his World Challenge.


  1. heather November 1, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    that’s my brother xxthinking of yuxx

  2. Paul November 1, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Sure has been a tough time for sailors and it’s because of Keith’s sheer determination, we’re confident he’ll complete his round the world challenge! WELL DONE KEITH!!!

  3. James Sawle November 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    don’t feel bad about it Keith, I’ve sailed the Bay of Biscay in the winter and in bad weather, going around the cape horn in a hurricane, or Sydney to Hobart is far easier than the bay in an off day! Keep smiling, there are loads of people following you and wishing you well, best to get this problems out of the way now, take care and stay happy…

  4. Ian Ward November 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Keith, Just to let you know that Connie and I have registered for your news reports and we will be following your progress around the world. All the best, Ian

    Hi Keith hope all going well – Love you. Connie

  5. heather November 3, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

    hi keith hope you are well ,hope you get boat fixed and you will be back on your round the world challenge we are all behide you take care hope your head is better now xxbig hugs xx

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