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.