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.