Update on Keith's progress by Mark Sanders-Barswick 16th June 2017Disabled yachtsman sailing single-handed around Great Britain & Ireland.
Keith started on 12 May and finished on 18 June. He did 2,497 nautical miles.
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Update on Keith's progress by Mark Sanders-Barswick 16th June 2017
So near yet so far!
Disabled yachtsman’s heroic effort to circumvent the UK single-handed are thwarted by misfortune again.
Having encountered bad weather with strong winds over the previous days, Marathon was struck by a heavy wave which knocked out the vessels electrics. Despite Marathon’s Mainsail being blown and the yacht being rammed by an Irish fishing vessel earlier in the trip, Keith showed typical dogged determination to complete his journey.
On the 7th June, Keith posted on his Facebook page:
I’m exhausted and wet. This is the first time I’ve stopped all day. Very big seas and Marathon went over to a 40 degrees angle and now everything is on the floor – and predicted winds in the North Sea are 35 knots plus.’
But Keith’s indomitable spirit was not for breaking as wilfully, he pushed Marathon southwards. Then, almost 200 miles from journey’s end, cruel fate struck plucky Keith another blow. Just before 7pm on Sunday 11th June, a vessel passing Keith put in a call to UK Coastguard and Lowestoft RNLI was launched to locate Keith some 27 miles south-east of the port.
Lowestoft RNLI took about an hour to reach Keith whilst a wind farm crew transfer vessel was standing by close to Marathon. An RNLI crew member was put aboard Marathon and found Keith to be tired but determined to continue his single-handed journey.
Despite strenuous protestations from Keith, the RNLI took the decision return to port with Marathon and towed Marathon back into Lowestoft, mooring in Hamilton Dock just after midnight.
Keith, understandably, is devastated that his journey has been broken. But, the fact of the matter is, the circumstances of the situation were beyond his control. The ever-resourceful yachtsman was forced to make ongoing, temporary repairs to Marathon, his steadfast attitude standing strong throughout the journey - only have to have his dream shattered so close to home
Keith’s determined nature, true to form, has refused to give in. After repairs to his vessel he has continued his journey and at 08:00 this morning was off of Margate.