With a heavy heart, disabled yachtsman Keith White postpones World Challenge – for now.
Today Keith White confirmed with his team that he is stopping his single handed round the world challenge and is now heading for the Caribbean. After casting off in October, Keith endured storms in the Bay of Biscay which inflicted a lot of damage to the boat. The same storms put an end to some of the big budget race boats competing Transat Jacques Vabre race. Determined as always, Keith showed us what he was made of and carried on regardless of the damage and gave it everything he had.
Unfortunately since then it’s been a constant battle to keep the boat going and well maintained. Exhausted and now with the loss of both types of self steering mechanisms, Keith has made the wise decision that it is not safe to carry on and take on the Southern Oceans in this state. Therefore he’s taking the trade winds and seeking refuge in the Caribbean to make good the boat in order to bring her home to Cowes in the new year.
His challenge and dream is by no means over. We will be doubling our efforts to find backing from a sponsor to ensure he has the budget to do a full and comprehensive refit to make sure the boat is fit enough to take on the world once again.
Keith is devastated he’s had to make the decision to stop and he is worried that he’s somehow let people down. But I’m sure you will all back me up and say that no matter what, he’s made everyone very proud indeed that he’s endeavoured to make it this far despite damage caused through no fault of his own. You can’t predict the sea, you just can’t. Keith is as competent a sailor as you will ever meet, with two single-handed transatlantic and round Britain voyages under his belt, it’s hard to argue otherwise. But if you are self funded with a very limited budget, there is nothing you can do if the sea decides to hit you with a devastating blow.
So I hope you will all join me and show your support to Keith for attempting something which most of us would not dare. I personally am very proud and honoured to know Keith and I know he will be back.