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.