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.