Keith Walton and Harmonii
Keith learnt how to sail in dinghies, in the 1980s. His first boat was a Wayfarer, rigged and kitted out for cruising, encouraged by the legendary Frank Dye. He bought his first keel boat in 1996, and sailed her around the Western Isles for a couple of seasons. In 1999, he and his (ex) wife sailed the Atlantic circuit, returning to take delivery of his current boat HARMONII, a Najad 490, in 2001.
Since then Keith has crossed the Atlantic ten times in her, and visited nearly all of the Atlantic Islands. The last three crossings have been single handed. His boat is very much customised and fitted out for long distance, shorthanded cruising. During his last trip across heading west, he met up with Will Sayer in “Elmarleen.” Will had won his class in the 2009 Ostar, and was heading home to meet his partner Tam to take her on an Atlantic circuit holiday. Keith met up with Tam and Will again in the Caribbean and Keith, after listening to Will’s experiences, was determined to enter the next OSTAR.
HARMONii has undergone two major refits in her life, as well as many other upgrades and refurbishments. She is a typically Scandinavian cruising boat, well suited to living aboard for extended periods, and has been adapted over the years for shorthanded ocean sailing. She has also competed in various regattas in the Caribbean with moderate success.