Disabled Yachtsman Keith White Ends His Journey In Saint Maarten

Disabled Yachtsman Keith White Ends His Journey In Saint Maarten

At about 11pm GMT on the 9 Jan 2016, Keith White arrived safely in Saint Maarten to end his World Challenge attempt to sail single-handed non-stop around the world. He was welcomed by friends and about 200 people at the quay side. After steering by hand for hundreds of miles he’s obviously tired and a little thin! But he’s now quote safe and will return to fight another day.

More later.

By | 2016-01-10T09:37:28+00:00 January 10th, 2016|World Challenge|12 Comments

About the Author:

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 January 10, 2016 at 10:46 am - Reply

    so glad your safe Keith and back on dry land ,have a good rest so happy for you that so many people came to welcome you in .Iwill keep in touch when your ready just email me and let me know what your planes are love you xx

  2. Tim January 10, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    I would not even have attempted what you have succeeded at. Seriously, this is a huge achievement regardless of not being even on the list of goals when you set out. And there’s a bonus, too. You get to see places!!

  3. Paul January 10, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Keith. it’s good news that you are safe and at long last on dry land, it’s also heart warming to know that there were 200 friends and public to greet you. Now’s the time to take a well earned rest and make repairs at your leisure ready for your return home. You’ve overcome many obstacles set before you during this world challenge and there are a lot of people who are full of admiration that you’ve handled this with professionalism and determination. Enjoy your well deserved rest in the sunshine Keith, look forward to speaking with you very soon my friend!!!

    Best Wishes

    Paul and Save the Children

  4. Ric Cassell January 10, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Glad you’re in port Keith. I know there’s nothing I can say to stop you feeling disappointed, but that feeling will not be shared by the rest of us. You are mad but my life is made richer by having you in it. Looking forward to seeing you sometime.

  5. Don Mapp January 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Great news to know you are safe. Congrats and best of luck next time. Don’t get disheartened . You have huge success even though your round the world singlehanded was scuppered by bad weather.

  6. Connie cowley January 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Glad you are safe and ok and that so many people were waiting to great you. Am looking forward to a big hug on your return home.
    Lots of love Connie xx

  7. tamara January 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    ahhhh thank goodness! Right, as you know or may have figured out by now, I am not very good at the sailing thing and I am also pretty crap at the whole tecno follow the tracker thing…… when I checked last night it looked to me like you had run aground in Puerto Rico and so I was worried sick! This morning I showed my son and he showed me how to ZOOM out……………and realised YOU MADE IT! Then checked to see if there was news…… I am so Glad your not in Puerto Rico and so glad you are with friends and 200 more friends! Keith everyone has said it, and you do know it in yourself so there is no need for me to say it again. My dear freind and Neighbour, sleep as much as you need, enjoy the beautiful beach, the wonderful food and even some summer fun. and then and only after you get bored of all of that, should you work on the boat. As I type the cold rain is hitting the window….. so you come back when you can bring the sun with you! Enjoy Keith, live, laugh and relax, you deserve it! tamara and the hounds!

  8. tamara January 10, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    PS: My son not only showed me how to zoom out I got a lecture on how trackers work and the curvature of the planet………… 🙁

  9. Barry Braddick January 10, 2016 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Glad you are safe. We are in the Abaco Islands Bahamas right now not too far away.
    Let me know when you are returning to UK and if you are making any stops in USA.

    All the best Barry

  10. mike January 10, 2016 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Respect ………………

  11. Mike buggy January 14, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Glad you’re safe keith. Enjoy the weather,take your time, and things will come right. You wouldn’t want to be here anyway, as winter is coming in. Good luck.

  12. Tricia clark June 15, 2016 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Hi keith
    Was a pleasure to meet you when you stopped off in dartmouth .
    I loved hearing all your stories and hope we one day meet up again for update on your journey around the world and maybe my trek up kilimanjato .
    Be safe Tricia

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