Keith White Has Productive Week In Las Palmas

Keith White Has Productive Week In Las Palmas

Keith White has had a very productive week in Las Palmas. The main reason for stopping is that he was having problems with generating enough power to run the onboard systems.  These include the hydraulic auto-pilot, GPS plotter, radar, lights and the water maker. Despite having solar panels and wind turbine, Keith was having to run the engine in neutral to generate enough power to keep the batteries topped up.

As you will know, Keith was sat in a high pressure system going no-where for days. And with the blistering sunshine, he should have been able to generate enough power from the his huge solar panels alone. (You can see the solar panels in the second photo’s below the radar dome and wind turbine). The good news is that the problem with the solar panel circuit was easily fixed by replacing one of the parts. Unfortunately when you are running a self funded project with a limited budget, it’s almost impossible to take a replacement for every single component on the boat. .And as we all know, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

With the solar power fixed, Keith went on to replace the 20 amp alternator for an 80 amp unit which will operate at a much lower RPM. Keith nearly ran out of diesel whilst running the engine to generate power. The diesel and the engine are his reserve for emergencies, so he needs to protect as much as that as possible.

So apart from a bit of maintenance to one of the halyard winches, Keith is now ready to go. We anticipate Keith will be leaving Las Palmas tomorrow (Monday 30th November). We will update you when he’s set off.

As the pressure is off this being a non-stop challenge, Keith will probably stop in Cape Town next to do some final checks and maintenance before finally taking on the might of Southern Oceans and the

Roaring Forties.

Please keep your comments coming. He reads them all and they really do spur Keith on.


By | 2017-04-13T08:56:29+00:00 November 29th, 2015|World Challenge|11 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 November 29, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I have always thought a non stop circumnavigation was overrated. I want to see the places, not just whistle past them. It’s plenty tough enough just to go around.

    Keith is blazing a trail. What it means is that someone else will be encouraged to follow in his footsteps. Let the next guy or gal do it non stop, or with fewer stops. Sir Francis Chichester is just as revered for making stops as those who did not. Keith will be the same.

    By the way, the Wikipedia article I put together about Keith at is set to hit WIkipedia’s front page “shortly” I am using the fact of his single handed(!) sailing as a hook to get it mentioned there under the “Did You Know” heading there, and it has been approved!! I’ll try to brief Julian when I see it and send him a screenshot.

  2. Paul November 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Keith this is good news we are hearing, glad you could repair/replace all that needed to be done and ready for the off, We are confident you’ll meet the Roaring Forties head on and conquer them without any trouble at all. Hope the winds will be behind you on your way down to Cape Town and you make good speed. Look forward to another excellent update, your home based support team are doing a great job keeping us informed of your progress. Stay strong and safe my friend!

    Best Wishes

    Paul and Save the Children

  3. Mary Ann November 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Relieved to know the repairs have beeen made and the source of the leak has been corrected. With this all behind you, you should have a safer and more enjoyable sail ahead. Look forward to all your updates as the eyes of the world are following you. Fair Winds my friend!

  4. John MacKenzie November 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Glad to hear that you have sorted out your solar power ready for your next sail to Capetown. I will be following your progress daily. I wish you fair winds – enjoy the trip!

  5. Stuart Gough November 29, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Happy that repairs have been dealt with. Enjoy the sail down to Cape Town and the regroup before the next leg. Doing great, just take it steady and be safe. Best Wishes. Stuart

  6. Rob Knight November 29, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    From what I remember of Marathon when sailed on her the autopilot was incredibly power hungry and running was not feasable unless under power. I believe Marathon origionly had mechanical self steering for use when under sail. The other heavy power user radar and the associated crt screen. Modern aisctransponders should offer cpa and be tied into a led nav system or dedicated screen

  7. Ian Ward November 29, 2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    We’re keeping tabs on your adventures Keith. Glad your OK because we were a bit concerned when you were experiencing bad weather. Anyway, all seems well now you’ve got the engineering problems sorted out. Good luck for the next stage. All the best, Ian.& Connie

  8. mike morley November 29, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Keith Nat’s dad here we are are all thinking of you and wishing you Gods Speed. With his help and lots of luck you can make it! Mike

  9. tamara hancock November 30, 2015 at 1:59 am - Reply

    HI Ya Keith,
    You keep chasing that sun! I exxpect to see you nice and tan on your return and be damn jelious! The weather here is typical grey and wet and windy. The trees in the back of mine and Doreens at the end are being cut back (finally) so maybe I will be able to work on my tan too (well, come summer).

    I think of you often and am always sending you positive thoughts for a safe journey!
    Do great things, I can’t wait to hear all about it when you return. Guess you will be quite a hero!
    You deserve it, I promise not to let on about why your casing the sun….. but it is the best idea ever!

    Much Love from Love Lane x
    tamara and Moya

  10. Rob November 30, 2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Just spoken to Keith, he has just left las Palmas 1600 uk time. He is high spirits, we have been through the weather for the next week which is looking quite fair around the 20knots mark.

    He will be heading out towards Brazil for about 1600 miles before tuning and heading towards cape of good hope. This leg should take keith around 60 days if he can maintain around 90 to 100 miles a day.

    This leg is going to be a big test, good luck my friend and best wishes enjoy the ride its going to be a long one. keep us all updated.

  11. Mary Philips November 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Good luck Keith, we are all thinking of you and wishing you fair winds X

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