Progress At Last For Disabled Yachtsman Keith White

Progress At Last For Disabled Yachtsman Keith White

Progress at last for disabled yachtsman Keith White. After about a week of no wind off the coast of Portugal, disabled yachtsman Keith White is now into some steady wind  from the north east providing him with a good run south.

Keith is relieved at last to be moving again. No wind is far more frustrating than too much wind believe it or not. It does mean however that he’s been able to continue running maintenance of the boat without being thrown about. He likened the ride across the Bay of Biscay to being inside a washing machine – and just as wet!

So as well as jobs around the boat he’s managed to keep up his own appearance by being able to shave and he’s given himself a hair cut. Although we are not sure who he’s trying to impress – mermaids perhaps?

One more piece of potential news. Keith might be stopping at Gran Canaria. He’s lacking power to run the onboard systems which he’s trying to fix. But he has given advanced warning that he might be stopping to sort this problem out before heading off again. We’ll keep you posted.

22/11/2015 Update: Keith has arrived in Las Palmas to do some maintenance work. We’ll let you know more when Keith has been in touch

By | 2015-11-30T20:40:02+00:00 November 21st, 2015|World Challenge|8 Comments

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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. Mary Ann November 21, 2015 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    This is wonderfu news! Glad Keith is making good progress. Stay well and look forward to your next update 🙂

  2. Tim November 21, 2015 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Nothing wrong with stopping to fix problems. This is to be an achievement, not a race. Just going round the world literally single handed is going to be amazing. Doing it in a seamanlike manner is far wiser than ploughing on regardless.

    Thanks for the update.

  3. Jamie November 21, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Keep your head up Keithy! It doesn’t matter if shit breaks, it only matters how you deal with it! Good work matey, we’re all rooting for you!

  4. Reg White snr November 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    You are often in our thoughts Keith. You are amazing and we’re so pleased you are safe and have now found some weather to help you on your way. Best regards from Fran and Reg

  5. Gill Connelly November 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Good news at last Keith… May you get plenty of “plain sailing” from now on! We look forward to reading your next instalment..

  6. Paul November 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    This news is very much welcomed and a big relief to everyone here in the UK, where’s the photos of that haircut Keith haha. We hope the current issue with the power is resolved shortly and once again you’re on your way south with great speed my friend! I was just thinking about you on Saturday and wondering how you were progressing but wasn’t in reach of my computer/laptop, the newsletters are very much appreciated, especially as your time is taken up with maintenance and navigating the shipping lanes, passing the Mediterranean straits would have been busy for you no doubt! Keep the chin up and while you’re ashore go see a real barber before your photo shoot lol. Best Wishes

    Paul and Save the Children

  7. Connie Cowley November 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Hope you are ok – thinking of you – Love Connie

  8. Hatty millar December 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Good luck Kieth! You’re an inspiration. We’ve bought an identical yacht as yours and are setting off next year to do the same, but stopping on route. Take care!

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