Disabled Yachtsman Keith White Resumes Round the World Voyage

Disabled Yachtsman Keith White Resumes Round the World Voyage

After a full on week of repairs, disabled yachtsman Keith White Resumes Round the World Voyage today.

After enduring the same storms in the Bay of Biscay that saw big budget boats crash out in the Transat Jacques Vabre, Keith White made it safely into port at A Coruna, northern Spain a week ago. Since then he’s had a busy week making repairs to the boat caused by the severe conditions.

Among his jobs this week were repairs to the wind vane steering system and to the hydraulic auto-pilot. Keith has had to do a lot of work with the sails and to the furling gear that controls Genoa (The big foresail). This was a big problem because it failed in such a way that Keith could not furl away the sail in the gale force winds. As a result he had far too much sail area for the conditions and when it finally gave up, the sail ended up being dragged in the water by the side of the boat. Keith then had to battle single-handedly to retrieve the sail in big seas. Keith also received damage to his mainsail as one of the checkstays snapped which such force that it ‘twanged’ upwards and ripped a huge hole in the top of the mainsail. Keith is now using his backup mainsail.

Apart from some tidying up (boats can get a bit messy below decks during a gale), he’s now ready to resume his single-handed round the world voyage. Don’t forget you can follow his progress around the whole planet on his GPS Tracker page.

Keep the messages coming in on his website Contact page, Facebook and Twitter. We will make sure he sees every single message. Your messages really do spur Keith on and keeps up morale.

By | 2017-04-13T08:56:29+00:00 November 8th, 2015|World Challenge|16 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. John MacKenzie November 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Keith, I am pleased to hear that you are resuming your circumnavigation after repairs. I wish you fair winds.

  2. Rob November 8, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    good luck my friend have a safe journey and enjoy your self.
    best wishes Rob and Donna

  3. heather November 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    thinking of you brother ,sail away and follow your dream xx

  4. Mary Philips November 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Good luck Keith, everyone is wishing you well. X

  5. Tim November 8, 2015 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Keep it up, Keith. I was just chatting yesterday with the yachtsman on the DC pontoon who joined me and my co-yacht taxi skipper in helping to to berth in Dartmouth when you dropped in. We were both looking forward to seeing your tracker go live again.

    Don’t forget us non Facebook folk, Julian. We need to see updates here, on the site, too, please!

  6. Ann November 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Good Luck Keith. I am pleased to see you are ready to set off again. Stay safe. XX

  7. Paul November 9, 2015 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Great that you’ve set off again Keith. All the best

  8. mike morley November 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Well done Keith we are all thinking of you up here in on the North Downs in Surrey 600 feet. Keep safe and sound for a long long single leg now.
    Nat’s Dad

  9. Stuart Gough November 9, 2015 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Goog luck and fair winds.

  10. Carmel November 9, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Hey Keith, you’re a star! We’re all thinking of you and sending you best wishes and fair winds

  11. Ian Ward November 9, 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    You be careful out there Keith, we are watching your progress Ian and Connie

  12. Paul November 10, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Well Done Keith! All your hard work and endeavour will pay off, have a safe journey my friend….Best Wishes, Paul and all at Save the Children.

  13. Reg November 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Just spoke to Keith.
    He is a little frustrated with the wind at the moment which has been mostly lacking since leaving La Caruna. Keith says he’s only managed 35 miles since Sunday.
    He also said that he feels like Marathon in one of those donkeys on Blackpool beach that always knows it’s way home and doesn’t want to play!
    Marathon is certainly no stranger to La Caruna by the looks of it. According to the blog I found, she was there in June 2012 on passage from Barcelona to Falmouth.
    If this link doesn’t work, copy & paste it into your browser. http://blog.fleetmon.com/2012/05/22/yacht-tracking-on-fleetmon-ais-satellite/
    Keith said he thought she knew where she was going.


  14. Connie Cowley November 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Keith. So glad you are still ok. So proud of what you are doing. Love you lots – Connie

  15. chris lewis November 13, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Hi keith good to see you are back on track again . chris and cath lewis yacht Harlekin island harbour

  16. Benedikt November 26, 2015 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    hello keith
    just stumbled over your webside/project
    this is the way to go 🙂 like you, I have after an accident only one hand, but not given up….still sail competitions and play golf single handed.
    I wish you all the best and a lot of patience for your big journey….

    zürich switzerland

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