BREAKING: Susie Goodall’s 36-foot sailboat was knocked down with its hatch open in the Golden Globe Race.

Susie Goodall and Golden Globe Race organizers thought she had sailed through the worst of a violent southern ocean cyclone a few days before. Letting her guard down, the British sailor had the hatch open when she was surprised by a knockdown in 35-knot winds. Goodall is sailing below Australia as part of the solo-nonstop Golden Globe sailing race for boats between 32 and 36 feet long.

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Here is what she messaged on October 19, 2018, UTC:

“35-knots feels calm… So happy that storm is over!”

That text to GGR race organizers was followed by this message, “Relaxed too soon. Knockdown with hatch open. Want this sea to calm down!”

Goodall usually texts in all caps with no space between her words. I have put the texts in sentence case, put spaces between the words, and some punctuation.

Goodall actually turned around and went west to avoid a up to force eleven cyclone that was overtaking her on October 17, 2018. She sailed through force nine conditions to avoid the worst of the violent storm. Goodall is in 4th place. Only eight competitors remain in the retro race in which originally eighteen yachts crossed the start line.

Picture caption: 2018 Golden Globe Race – start of Race from Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Britain’s Susie Goodall (DHL Starlight) was all smiles prior to leaving the dock in Les Sables d’Olonne, France for the start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race. Credit: Tim Bishop/PPL/GGR

 

 

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Susie Goodall needs to sail through a force 9, strong gale to get out the cyclone.

English sailor Susie Goodall (4th place in the Golden Globe Race) has turned around to avoid confused seas of cyclone below Australia, but will face force 9, strong gale, conditions for the next 9 hours as she tries to sail out of the building storm. If she had not turned around at the guidance of GGR race headquarters, she would sailing through the eye of the east-moving system and faced confused seas and possibly storm to violent storm conditions.

2018 Golden Globe Race - start of Race from Les Sables d'Olonne, France. Britain's Susie Goodall (DHL Starlight) was all smiles prior to leaving the dock in Les Sables d'Olonne, France for the start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race.
PPL PHOTO AGENCY – COPYRIGHT FREE for editorial use only PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Bishop/PPL/GGR Tel: +44(0)7768 395719 E.mail: ppl@mistral.co.uk web: http://www.pplmedia.com ***2018 Golden Globe Race – start of Race from Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Britain’s Susie Goodall (DHL Starlight) was all smiles prior to leaving the dock in Les Sables d’Olonne, France for the start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race.

10 of the original 18 sailors have dropped out of the solo around the world race for 32 to 36-foot sailboats. 3 boats have been dismasted, and 2 boats were abandoned last month.

Photo Credit: Tim Bishop/PPL/GGR

Susie Goodall is sailing straight into a cyclone in the Golden Globe Race

Susie Goodall is only woman and United Kingdom representative in the Golden Globe Race. If she is going to to follow in the footsteps of the 1968 Golden Globe winner Sir Robin Knox-Johnston of England, she will have to survive or avoid a 55-70 knot storm she is sailing right into. She is currently in fourth place in the race, having just passed the longitude of Cape Leeuwen in southwestern Australia. She moved up in the rankings in September when the second and third place boats were dismasted in a similar storm, requiring an international rescue.

Golden Globe Race (GGR) headquarters warned her to sail to avoid the eye of the storm. The competitors in the GGR retro race are not allowed to use satellite phones except to communicate to race headquarters. They are not allowed to get weather routing advice, but the GGR race will warn competitors of severe storms. They can get weather forecasts from HAM radio technology available in 1968.

2018 Golden Globe Race - Susie Goodall (GBR)  Rustler 36 DHL Starlight, 5th GGR skipper to pass through the Marina Rubicon 'Gate' off Lanzarote in the Canaries.

2018 Golden Globe Race – Susie Goodall (GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight, 5th GGR skipper to pass through the Marina Rubicon ‘Gate’ off Lanzarote in the Canaries. Photo Credit: Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR

Slats breaks rib in Golden Globe Race. Will the 2nd place skipper be the next to drop out?

A broken rib threatens to knock yet another 2018 Golden Globe Race skipper for small sailboats from the ever dwindling field. Dutchman Mark Slats suffered two knockdowns and informed race headquarters in Hobart, Australia on UTC 14:00 on October 15, 2018, that he broke a rib from a “flying” toolbox. He was caught unawares by 30-35 knot conditions after sailing in light airs.

Mark Slats narrowly avoided the dismastings of the previous 3rd and 4th place boats skippered by Abhilash Tomy and Gregor McGuckin. In that violent storm Slats was knocked down several times and washed overboard. He was saved from being separated from his sailboat by his harness.

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The arrow points to the first-place French skipper Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, but second place Dutch skipper Mark Slats in the back row in black has a broken rib. 2018 Golden Globe Race – GGR skippers congregate in Les Sables d’Olonne. Back row left to right: Uku Randmaa (EST), Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (FRA), Loic Lepage (FRA), Mark Slats (NED), Gregor McGuckin (IRE), Igor Zarertsjiy (RUS), Mark Sinclair (AUS),Tapio Lehtinen (FIN), Ertan Beskardes (GBR), Abhilash Tomy (Ind), Susie Goodall (GBR) Front row: Istvan Kopar (USA), Are Wiig (NOR), Kevin Farebrother (AUS), Antoine Cousot (FRA), Nabil Amra (PAL); Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR

Slats is in second place and has been slipping thousands of miles behind race leader 73-year old Frenchman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede. The 5-time cirumnavigator Van Den Heede passed north of Stewart Island on the southern tip of New Zealand. The race leader went through the dangerous Fouveaux Straight at night to be the first boat to pass New Zealand.

Of the eighteen skippers starting the solo-nonstop retro race, only eight are still in the field. Three boats have been dismasted. Seven other skippers have made unsactioned stops or retired completely. Only Van Den Heede has reached the half-way point of Hobart, Tasmania.

Sailboats WRECKED by Hurricane Michael in Panama City Marinas

Category 4, 155 mph, Hurricane Micheal made landfall on October 10, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Florida. It devastated the marinas, boats, and sailboats in Panama City, Florida. You’ll see the rescue of the crew of the sailing vessel Old School abandoned in 8-foot seas near Boca Grande, Florida.

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They lost their boat in the Panama City Municipal Marina in Hurricane Michael.

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“Why we Chose to Sail during Hurricane Season! (Hurricane Gordon & Florence)” at

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Audio of the mayday call received by the Coast Guard from the crew of the sailboat Old School, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. The 50-foot sailboat Old School sits in 8-foot seas after a Coast Guard crew rescued two boaters Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, near Boca Grande, Florida. The Coast Guard urges mariners to closely monitor weather reports before venturing out.
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10.11.2018
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Coast Guard pollution responders from Sector St. Petersburg, Florida, conduct port assessments, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at Keaton Beach, Florida. Coast Guard crew members are accessing any damage caused by Hurricane Michael, checking for any pollution concerns, and ensuring the safety of maritime traffic along the Gulf Coast.
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A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Townsend Inlet, New Jersey, medevacs a woman from a sailboat about 10 miles east of Townsend Inlet August 2, 2016. The woman was brought back to Station Townsend Inlet and then transported to Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May, New Jersey. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Seaman Christian Browne/Released)
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An Air Station Savannah helicopter crew conducts an overflight assessment Oct. 11, 2018, in the Panama City Beach area following Hurricane Michael.
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A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Air Station Miami assesses the damage of Mexico Beach, Florida, from Hurricane Michael, Oct. 11, 2018. After a storm passes, the Coast Guard focuses on saving lives in the impacted area and responds to hazardous environmental threats. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Colin Hunt)
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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations UH-60 Black Hawk flight crew conduct a flyover of the Florida panhandle in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael as the storm left a swath of destruction across the area near Panama City, Florida, October 11, 2018. The flight originated at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo by Glenn Fawcett
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Tomy’s GGR SUHALI Replica Goes Dark Foiling Indian Navy’s Plans to Salvage It

Don McIntyre, 2018 Golden Globe Race founder, in his October 7, 2018, race tracker discussion, said that Indian Naval Commander Abhilash Tomy’s sailboat tracker for his yacht Thuriya had run out of juice and had stopped transmitting the position. Tomy’s boat was 32-foot sailboat, a Suhaili design patterned after the first boat to be sailed solo-nonstop by Sir Robin Knox Johnston in the 1968 Golden Globe Race. Tomy’s boat was dismasted in the southern Ocean. Tomy told the Hindustan Times that he was washed overboard in a knockdown in a violent 70-knot southern ocean storm with 14-meter seas. He only survived by holding onto the top of the mast. When the boat righted itself. He fell onto the boom and suffered a debilitating back injury. After the boat was dismasted his back injury prevented him from moving from his bunk until he was rescued by French fishing patrol vessel Osiris. See the rescue of Tomy and Irish Sailor and fellow Golden Globe Racer Gregor McGuckin below:

Tomy’s manager and the Indian Navy had plans to tow the vessel to a nearby island while its transmitter worked. Now that the boat is no longer transmitting its position it will be hard to salvage. McGuckin was told that his yacht could not be scuttled by FPV Osiris because it was in a protected maritime region. He took precautions before abandoning his yacht so that its AIS would transmit a signal. McGuckin has no plans to salvage his boat. Tomy was too injured to take similar precautions prior to abandoning ship on a stretcher. Tomy recently walked ashore  onto his native India with the aid of crutches after being transported by an Indian Navy ship.

2018 Golden Globe Race. Crew from the French Fisheries Patrol ship OSIRIS  board Abhilash Tomy's dismasted yacht  THURIYA to rescue the injured yacht yachtsman. Photographed from the Indian Navy P8i reconnaissance aircraft operating out of Mauritius.

Indian Navy photo of Tomy being rescued from SV Thuriya in the Southern Indian Ocean.

GGR Skipper Jean-Luc is 1st in Hobart, sailed half-way around the world

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede of France arrived in Hobart, Tasmania at on October 6, 2018 in first place of the 2018 Golden Globe Race. The 73-year old French Veteran and his Rustler 36 yacht MATMUT has a 1,600 mile lead over 2nd placed Dutchman Mark Slats. He is a 5-time circumnavigator and has placed in the BOC and Vendee Globe round the world races.

His profile on the GGR race site says:

“Jean-Luc van den Heede is the father figure of French solo sailing. The 5-time circumnavigator already holds the record for the fastest solo west-about non-stop circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents, and has been a podium finisher in four previous solo round the world races. He finished 2nd in the 1986 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race, 3rd in the 1990 Vendée Globe Race, 2nd in the 1993 Vendée Globe, and 3rd in the 1995 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race. Van den Heede bought a Rustler 36 class yacht in august 2015 and spent the first few months test sailing her out in the Atlantic before commencing a complete refit in his homeport of La Sables d’Olonne.

He has won sponsorship from the French insurance group MATMUT.

Jean-Luc says of the GGR: ‘From all my experiences, I am well aware of the difficulties this race poses. The slow speeds of these classic old boats with their long keels, the absence of weather information, the loss of all electronics and reliance on a sextant to plot positions, the lack of terrestrial contact, and the replacement of an electric pilot with wind vane self steering, will make this test even more random and difficult than the Vendée Globe.
But this is good. I want to re-live the conditions and challenges that my sailing predecessors enjoyed and to this end I have optimised my Rustler 36: New mast, new rigging, new engine, new sails, watertight bulkheads, and new winches. I am very conscious of the problems that are likely to occur during our 8 or 9 months of sea and have done everything to make Matmut safer. I am also trying to get myself in the best physical condition with the assistance of a physio, a coach – and my bicycle!
I have also rediscovered the environment and comradeship I loved so much during the first editions of these races. We are all conscious that this will be a difficult adventure and that engenders a strong bond between us that I have not seen since the first Mini Transat 6.50 and Vendée Globe race back in the early ‘90s.
My goal is to be in good health at the start with a top boat, then, take each day in turn, absorbing the emotions and thoughts of those who preceded us: Slocum, Moitessier, Alain Gerbault, Vito Dumas and of course, my good friend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who set such an example for us all 50 years ago.'”

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Credits:
2018 Golden Globe Race – GGR skippers congregate in Les Sables d’Olonne. Back row left to right: Uku Randmaa (EST), Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (FRA), Loic Lepage (FRA), Mark Slats (NED), Gregor McGuckin (IRE), Igor Zarertsjiy (RUS), Mark Sinclair (AUS),Tapio Lehtinen (FIN), Ertan Beskardes (GBR), Abhilash Tomy (Ind), Susie Goodall (GBR) Front row: Istvan Kopar (USA), Are Wiig (NOR), Kevin Farebrother (AUS), Antoine Cousot (FRA), Nabil Amra (PAL)
Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR
2018 Golden Globe Race. Les Sables d’Olonne March 2018. French skipper Jean-Luc Van Den Heede sail training on his Rustler 36 MATMUT in preparation for the start of The 2018 Golden Globe Race race from Les Sables d’Olonne on July 1
Christophe Favreau/Matmut/PPL
2018 Golden Globe Race – Mark Slats, (NED) – Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick – was the second placed GGR skipper to pass through the Marina Rubicon ‘Gate’ off Lanzarote in the Canaries.

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Sailing Scavenger Hunt in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, S2E15

Linus restocks the sailboat with food, fuel, and water in the cruisers’ Mecca of Taioha’e Bay on the island of Nuku Hiva in the South Pacific Ocean, which is a popular stop on the Pacific Puddle Jump. A rigger fixes the jammed genoa sail atop the mast. Linus discusses the potential sources of potable water in Nuku Hiva in Daniels, Ho’oumi, and Anaho Bay. Linus, Anna, and Daly sail to Ho’oumi to get water before departing for Tahiti by way of Ua Pou. They anchor in Nuku Hiva’s Taioha’e and Controller Bay’s east lobe (Ho’oumi Bay).

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Sailboat Wrecked on Manitou Island Identified as 41-foot, SOUS LE VENT

Slow Boat Sailing has been able to identify the sailboat in recent helicopter rescue on Lake Superior as Sous Le Vent. On 6:30 AM on September 29, 2018, a 73-year old man called in a “Mayday” after his sailboat hit the rocks near Manitou Island, off the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Lake Superior in 30 knot winds and snow. He was rescued by the USCG Air Station Traverse City a few hours later who filmed the rescue from their Jayhawk helicopter.

Sous Le Vent was a 41-foot sailboat with a 15-foot beam and had a volume of 15 gross tons according to Coast Guard Documentation records. The Sous Le Vent was sold in Minnesota on August 9, 2018, to Richard West of Newark, Delaware. Slow Boat Sailing inspected the bill of sale. The sails were up when its skipper abandoned it near the lighthouse on Manitou Island. It was hard aground from the USCG video. “Sous le vent” is French for “downwind”. The identity of the man rescued has not been revealed.

The man was wearing a survival suit, which protects against freezing waters, when the USCG came to the scene. The boat was intact from the video, but its hull did not seem to be always floating when it was abandoned based on the video of the incident. The skipper swam ashore and was hoisted from the beach at the direction of the USCG rescue swimmer. The dinghy tied to the back of the boat was not used to get ashore.

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Screenshot displaying a fuzzy boat name of Sous Le Vent from Slow Boat Sailing’s video of the incident, Linus Wilson (c) 2018. The original source video was public domain footage taken by USCG Air Station Traverse City.