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Steve White staked all to compete in the 2008-9 Vende Globe solo round the world race.
His story , of how he made it to the start of the biggest, most competitive and most dramatic round the world sailing race ever and completed his remarkable circumnavigation to finish in an incredible eighth place from thirty starters is both inspiring and compelling.
White was a late starter to ocean racing but became hooked by every aspect of solo and short handed racing, refusing to let anything stand in the way of his dream.
His sheer drive and determination took him to the brink, but it also saw him through to become a household name in France and make headlines all around the globe. He not only survived the toughest solo ocean race but from 30 starters only 11 finished and Steve proved himself not only a talented solo ocean racer competing alongside the top professional names in the sport, but also an excellent, colourful and good humoured communicator. He weathered dangerous situations, while his seamanship, ingenuity and engineering skills kept his dream alive when his rig was damaged to an extent which would have forced most skippers to retire.
White's financial strategy is not taken from business text books. His prudent risk management on the ocean is in stark contrast with his ability to raise sufficient capital to successfully finance the project, yet his drive to compete remains undimmed. Steve's hard wired desire to reach his goal and not to take no for an answer, is the most inspirational facet of a remarkable character.
In the end his project went to the 11th hour but he had all the essential skills to complete the race, including (4) transatlantic races as well as more than (25) passages to the notorious Fastnet Rock in all kinds of weather conditions.
Through it all White has kept himself grounded. In him, there is no artifice or ego. He arrived back in Les Sables d'Olonne in March 2009 to be greeted by tens of thousands thousands of well wishers and told them he was seriously hoping he could have sneaked back in and gone unnoticed to the pub.
Now a solo ocean racer, White previously worked for many years as a training instructor with Sir Chay Blyth's Challenge Business and has wide experience of teamwork - building a winning team.
Possibly more than any other skipper in the race Steve proved a genuine, down to earth inspiration to others to follow their dreams and remain positive and upbeat in difficult times. His natural communications skills are not artificial but merely reflect the desire to report and reflect on each mile and each day, whether good or bad, with equal enthusiasm. It is no coincidence that while White's budget was so constrained, limiting his output of audio, still and video images the greater audience still understood and shared each aspect of his race when he completed his Vendee Globe.