Rescue efforts are in place for British solo yachtswoman and racer, Susie Goodall, whose boat capsized during the Golden Globe Round the World Yacht Race.

The storm

Goodall was on day 157 of the race, and lying fourth overall, when in a violent storm of massive seas and 60 knot winds, her boat overturned and she was knocked unconscious.  Initially there was concern that the boat had been holed, however Susie reports that the hull has re-righted itself, and there is no hole. She has however lost her mast and is adrift some 480 miles from any assistance.

The condition of the boat

When HQ were finally able to raise her on the phone, Goodall said:

“I have been dismasted. Thought I had holed the hull because the boat filled with water, but the hull is not holed.  The hull is okay. The boat is destroyed. I can’t make up a jury rig. The only thing left is the hull and deck which is intact.”

The rescue

Although there is no imminent danger, being adrift in the Southern Ocean leaves the yachtswoman in an urgent situation.  HQ have decided not to send the nearest competitor the Estonian Uku Randmaa as he is about to run the same storm that caused the problems to Goodall’s boat DHL Starlight.  The Chilean authorities have contacted a ship to the west of Goodall’s current position which, it is anticipated, will take two days to arrive. Hopefully that will be quickly enough.

Susie Goodall the solo British yachtswoman

Goodall started sailing aged 3, raced Laser Dinghies when she was younger and moved into teaching.  She is an offshore and ocean sailing instructor and spent time working in the superyacht industry before taking up sail training.

She is from Cornwall, England and is the only woman participating in the 30,000 mile Golden  Globe Round the World Yacht Race this year. At 29 years of age she is also the youngest competitor in this year’s race.

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