Keith White Is In The Doldrums As He Heads For Cape Town

Keith White Is In The Doldrums As He Heads For Cape Town

Following the previous news that Keith was heading back to Cape Verde, he’s now heading south for Cape Town. He was having some major issues with his automatic steering which meant he had to remain on the helm pretty much 24/7. As you can imaging this was incredibly tiring and meant that Keith was getting very little sleep and almost unable to keep himself fed and watered.

However, Keith has fixed the problem and is not battling on through the Doldrums towards Cape Town. Once he’s passed the equator life should get a little easier. But at the moment he’s suffering the typical squally weather synonymous with the doldrums. One minute the weather his nice and calm, the next minute the squalls can come with almost no notice at all and whip up strong winds and huge seas.

Keith has to be able to react quickly and reduce his sail area, otherwise the boat can be knocked over. But then in an instant, the wind can drop off and the boat can end up rolling about in big seas with no wind to steady the boat until the waves settle again. This goes on until he moves into the southern hemisphere.

Thanks again for all your support. Keep the messages coming.



By | 2015-12-21T10:48:27+00:00 December 21st, 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. Paul Stevens December 21, 2015 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Everyone is sending their very best wishes from our family.. As we too, wish Keith a speedy & safe sailing across the equator and calmer seas & hopefully weather.. Best Wishes Keith, we shall raise a glass to you on Christmas Day ⛵

  2. Rose Brash December 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Well done Keith you are an inspiration to us all! I hope you escape the Doldrums safly xxxx Scottish Rose Happy Solstice evexx

  3. John MacKenzie December 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Glad to hear you managed to fix the self steering gear. No fun helming 24/7. Enjoy the sunshine while you can ! All the very best.

  4. Paul Smith December 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Keith

    Just read latest update my friend, looks like you’ve had a testing time of it to say the least. The Equator is within reach now so things should get a bit easier for you, you’ve done amazing these past few months so be very proud of what you’ve achieved so far! We, like everyone else are forever behind you and continue to wish you good speed, we know you can crack this.

    Best Wishes

    Paul and Save the Children

  5. Connie Cowley December 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Keith so glad problem fixed. We are all thinking of you – keep safe.
    Love as usual – Connie

  6. Reg December 21, 2015 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Well done Keith, we’re all very proud of you. Keep it up mate Reg, Nat & the boys 🙂 xx

  7. Mary Ann December 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    With the holidays nearly upon us and the chaos of getting things done in time, Keith’s updates make one realize how much you need to make time for ourselves. Don’t get caught up in the hectic world which we create, but to slow down, take time to reflect about.things that matter the most to us, and always peruse your dreams. Ride the waves life throws at you, look to the stars for peace. Count every day as a blessing, and remember that the best things in life are your family and friends. Merry Christmas Keith! Every day your a little closer to reaching your goal, and we are all beside you on your journey. Sail On…

  8. Joy December 23, 2015 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Hi brother
    Just wanted to say how proud i am of you iv been watching yòur progress on the GPS tracker every day, and letting mum know your progress.
    This journey your on has made realise what an incredible person you are BRAVE ,STRONG , INSPIRATIONAL TO OTHERS , AN OVERCOMER OF ALL ADVERSITIES.
    I would also like to point out that your a pain in the bum,im aloud to say that because im your sister ha ha
    Keep safe thinking of you every day love you loads xxxx

  9. Tim December 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Anyone know why Keith is heading north west?

  10. Gary December 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Looks like he’s heading for Barbados

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