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.
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