Susie Goodall’s EPIRB Activated, Adrift Sailboat Pitchpoled & Dismasted in the GGR 2018

Susie Goodall’s sailboat was pitchpoled and dismasted in the 2018 Golden Globe Race. She was 2,000nm northwest of Cape Horn.

The English solo sailor activated her EPIRB distress beacon at UTC 11AM on December 5, 2018.She was in fourth place of the 2018 GGR sailing race for 32-to-36-foot sailboats. She is the fifth racer to see her boat dismasted and the fourth to signal for rescue. Other dismasted Golden Globe Race sailing captains were Abhilash Tomy, Gregor McGuckin, Are Wiig, and Loic Lepage. The Golden Globe Race had 18 competitors leave Les Sables d’Olonne, France on July 1, 2018. After Susie’s dismasting only 5 racers plan to continue in the solo, non-stop race for 32-to-36-foot sailboats. Goodall’s DHL Starlight is a Rustler 36 and is taking on water through deck leaks opened up from the pitchpole. A ship the 38,000 ton 190 meter Chinese container ship is en route. Goodall suffered a head injury and was knocked out immediately after the accident. The battery system is believed to be damaged and she will soon lose electrical capabilities. The rig is totally destroyed.

The GGR press release said:
“British yachtswoman Susie Goodall was pitchpoled and dismasted in the Southern Ocean some 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn today. A distress signal was first picked up from her yacht by Falmouth Coastguard at 11:00 UTC, who then alerted Race Control and the Chilean Maritime Search and Rescue authorities responsible for this sector of the South Pacific.
Goodall, (29) from Falmouth UK, and the youngest competitor in the Golden Globe Race, was lying in 4th place at the time, riding out a ferocious storm with 60 knot winds and massive seas aboard her Rustler 36 yacht DHL Starlight.”


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