Next winter Steve White will take on the toughest challenge in sailing when he attempts to break the Solo Non-Stop Round the World record sailing Westabout “the wrong way round”, against the prevailing winds and currents.
Steve White takes on the ‘Impossible Voyage’, sailing a Volvo Open 70, considered to be a “handful” for its usual full crew of ten men. Steve will sail across the historic Ushant – Lizard start line, then down to Cape Horn before turning right underneath it and into the Southern Ocean, where he will spend up to sixty days battling into the wind and against the current in some of the harshest conditions on the planet before turning right again one last time below the Cape of Good Hope, to head North and home to the finish line.
Due to the extreme nature of this record, only five sailors have made this attempt in the past forty years. The current record of 122 days is held by Frenchman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede. Steve is confident of being able to return the record to Britain.
Sailing legend Sir Chay Blyth was the first to set the record onboard “British Steel”, in what was referred to by The Times in 1970 as the “Impossible Voyage”.