Solo sailor Keith White com­pletes voy­age

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Sin­gle-handed yachts­man Keith White has com­pleted his round-Bri­tain voy­age – de­spite a res­cue scup­per­ing the non-stop as­pect of his quest.

The Isle of Wight yachts­man, who lost the use of his left arm in a mo­tor­way ac­ci­dent in 1991, set sail in May with the aim of be­com­ing the first dis­abled sailor to achieve a non-stop round Bri­tain and Ire­land voy­age. White had made it around the Shet­land Is­lands in his 14m (47ft) yacht Marathon and was en route south again when he re­quired res­cu­ing on 11 June off Low­est­oft.

Low­est­oft RNLI Lifeboat went to the aid of the yachts­man, who was in dif­fi­culty 27 miles south-east of the port as his sail had ripped and his en­gine had failed. How­ever, just three days later, White an­nounced on his Face­book page that he would be com­plet­ing his trip, and he crossed his Isle of Wight fin­ish­ing line on 18 June, after com­plet­ing a to­tal of 2,470 miles. Shortly after fin­ish­ing his voy­age, White was ad­mit­ted into hos­pi­tal and treated for sep­ticemia. He re­cov­ered in time to com­pete in the Round the Is­land Race, but the race re­sults show the yacht’s re­tire­ment.

Keith White and his 14m (47ft) boat Marathon

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