Voyage Is Nearly Over For Keith White

Voyage Is Nearly Over For Keith White

Exhausted and wet, the voyage is nearly over for Keith White.

Keith has battled with his decision to postpone his solo circumnavigation but it was the right thing to do under the circumstances. Having received a battering in the Bay of Biscay in October, resulting in a lot of damage to the boat and himself, the voyage that would have taken him none-stop and single-handed around the world was in jeopardy.

But Keith’s determination never faltered and he pushed on with his dream. Not surprising as he put every last penny of his own money into the project and worked solidly for over a year to refurbish the boat for the challenge ahead.

Even after the decision to postpone the voyage, his troubles have not left him. Having lost the use of the hydraulic autopilot he’s down to one form of self steering, the wind vane self steering mechanism. But a few days ago he was hit with a massive blow as he lost the rudder attached to the wind vane, means that Keith is having to do all the steering himself, 24/7. Occasionally lashing the tiller to give himself a break.

But such is the character of this amazing man, we received a message this morning saying;

Can you let everyone know that I’m in high spirits and fully enjoying myself. Through out even the storms and getting drenched, i’m feeling very happy.

Keith is now heading for St Maarten with just a jib since the backup mainsail was destroyed in a storm. He will meet up with friends and fix the boat over winter and try and find a sponsor for his next attempt of his World Challenge.

This could have happened to anyone as we saw in the Transat Jacques Vabre race. Here we saw sailing teams with huge budgets having to give up the race after suffering damage in the same storms that Keith Endured in Biscay. But having a substantial budget definitely helps, so our main goal is to work even harder and find a sponsor for Keith’s next attempt.

Next stop St Maarten and a well deserved rest for Keith. Thank you everyone for all your amazing support.

By | 2016-01-07T10:40:06+00:00 January 7th, 2016|World Challenge|13 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. Reg White snr January 7, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Keith, you’re a great chap , we’re just glad to hear you are OK and still enjoying yourself despite all the setbacks. We think of you often and keep track of your progress. We look forward to seeing you in the summer after another ‘little’ leg of your adventure. Take care, best regards from Fran and Reg.

  2. Connie Cowley January 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Hi Keith
    You sound as if you have had a terrible time but main thing is that you are ok.
    You have proved to everybody what a marvellous and determined person you are so please be proud of what you have achieved.
    Miss you and will be glad when you are back home again with us.
    Love as usual – Connie

  3. Mary Ann January 7, 2016 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    You had the courage to try to do something most people could only imagine. Your a mentor, an explorer, an inspiration to all of us. Always keeping a positive attitude while finding a solution to every bad scenario. So very proud of what you have accomplished and look forward to your future challenges. God Bless you friend!

  4. Andy January 7, 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Keith, keep,safe and make safe passage to port, you are a trooper and everyone is rooting for you.

  5. Paul January 7, 2016 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    All the best Keith. You’re a very brave man with a lot of guts. i hope you enjoy a great Caribbean welcome when you get there.

  6. Tim January 7, 2016 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Don’t forget to let us all know when safely in port.

  7. tamara January 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I had a funny feeling you would stay on a beautiful Island in the warm for a bit! and who deserves it more then you! Besides Love Lane is drenched, muddy and miserable this time of year! Even the dogs now have a ramp to get over the quadmire in the garden! So you stick with the sun my friend. rest first and then think about the boat…. but not until you recover! Your a brave man, who has been through allot. We are all proud of you! Just remember my jar of sunshine when you return! Love, your friend and neighbour, tamara

  8. heather January 7, 2016 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Keith I was thinking how lucky I am to have your geans Haha Mum sends her love 4 weeks today and she will be 90 you always said mum would live till she is 100 .have a well earned rest Keith looking forward to seeing you again xx lol xx

  9. rob January 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    keith, you have amazed us all on your sheer determination and courage, you have achieved so much more than many can only dream off, have a well earned break my friend and Donna and I look forward to talking to you very soon. No more holiday snaps thanks, it pretty bleak here.

  10. Don Mapp January 7, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Wishing you all the best and a great welcome in St Maarten

  11. Don Mapp January 7, 2016 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Wishing you all the best and a great welcome in St Maarten. Hoping to see your video of some of your Journey.

  12. Stuart Gough January 8, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Well done so far, take a well earned break, fix the boat and look at things once all is in place again. It isn’t over until the fat lady sings…..

  13. Tim January 10, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Land ho!!!!

    Well, not “a ho” obviously!

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