Disabled Yachtsman Keith White Sets Sail from Las Palmas

Disabled Yachtsman Keith White Sets Sail from Las Palmas

This afternoon, disabled yachtsman Keith White cast off from his stopover in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, to resume his single-handed sailing World Challenge.

Having made his repairs to the electrics that generate power to top up the batteries, Keith finally left port to continue his voyage south to take on the Southern Oceans and circumnavigate the globe. Then intention is to make one final stop in Cape Town to do any final checks, before rounding the Cape of Good hope into the 

Roaring Forties, where he will encounter the wildest seas on the planet.

Thank you all again for the wonderful messages. Keith has been thrilled to read them all and frankly surprised by the shear number of kind messages he has received. Please keep them coming. You can write to Keith using this website’s Contact Form, Keith’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Don’t forget you can follow Keith White’s progress as he sails around the world on his GPS Tracker.

By | 2017-04-13T08:56:29+00:00 November 30th, 2015|World Challenge|10 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. Tim December 1, 2015 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Nice to see you on your way again.

  2. Mike buggy December 1, 2015 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Nice to see you looking so well. Obviously the sunshine has topped up your own batteries as well! Good luck with the next stage. Presumably you are crossing over towards S.America before heading back across to SAfrica? Good Luck. Mike Buggy. Yacht Raparee.

  3. Paul December 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Keith, Great to see you’re well underway again, hope the winds are perfect for you and in no time you’ll be in Cape Town preparing for the Southern Ocean and all that it can throw at you of which we have no doubt you will throw much more back at it! We wanted to know have you run out of razor blades already lol.

    Best Wishes my friend.


  4. Rob December 2, 2015 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Keith emailed me today, he has had a rough night with 40 Knots of wind, but through the other side of that now. Boat performing well and the sun beating down.

  5. Paul December 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Keith, Looking at the tracker today, looks like you’re making good progress my friend, hope the weather is much better than here in the South UK. Looking forward to more good news and photos!

    Best Wishes

    Paul and Save the Children

  6. Rob December 8, 2015 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I have been in touch with Keith, he is well and enjoying the sun, the Wind has been very poor so he is a little frustrated making such slow progress

  7. Paul December 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Keith, Looks like you’re doing well from your tracker. Hope the wind is still in your favour and all is well onboard, in a few weeks you’ll be in Cape Town before you know it my friend. Keep up the good work we are thinking of you everyday!!

    Best Wishes

    Paul and Save the Children

  8. rob December 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Hi every one, Keith is doing ok, he said the boat is doing well and the weather is good, there have been some big swell which keep him rocking around, he is very happy with the boat speed just under 100 miles aday.
    he sends every one his love.

  9. Tim December 13, 2015 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Keith has made the front page of Wikipedia! It’s fleeting fame, and will be taken down at 1200UTC today, but a fact from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_White_(yachtsman) reads as follows there:

    Did You Know “… that yachtsman Keith White set out on 25 October 2015 to make a literally single-handed solo global circumnavigation?”

    I’ve emailed Julian a pdf of the Wikipedia main page just now. It’s in the Did You Know section. It took a while to get there. We had a false start about 10 days ago when we nearly made it, but were pushed back on a technicality. Today. 15 minutes ago, it went live.

  10. Tim December 13, 2015 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Now, for those who want to see the arcane discussions it took to get this single line onto the main page, look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Did_you_know_nominations/Keith_White_(disabled_yachtsman) and weep

    To see the main page, click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

    Now this is nowhere as special as Keith’s voyage, but it was something I was able to do to add some value. And, with luck, sponsorship may come his way through it. Who can say?

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