Susie Goodall Aboard Ship, Rescued from Dismasted Sailboat

British sailor Susie Goodall made it aboard her rescue ship as of 15:14 UTC on Friday, December 7, 2018, according to her race team. The rescue ship is the Tian Fu, a 190-meter long ship.  Goodall was hoisted by a crane aboard the large cargo ship from her yacht. The injured sailor abandoned her dismasted 36-foot sailboat DHL Starlight. On December 5, 2018, the yacht was pitchpoled in a Southern Ocean storm 2,000 nautical miles west northwest of Cape Horn. This was the fourth sailor out of eighteen starters to be rescued since the event began 159 days earlier on July 1, 2018. This latest one was for the lone woman and youngest participant in the solo-nonstop, around the world race.

Goodall was the last native English speaker in the race. The original 1968 race was won by its only finisher England’s Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. The Golden Globe Race (GGR) is a retro, solo, non-stop race around the world for small sailboats. Only five of the original eighteen participants are still planning to complete the 30,000 nautical mile race. Two boats have rounded Cape Horn and are sailing up the Atlantic to the finish in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France. Three others are over 1,000 miles from Cape Horn in the Pacific. Susie Goodall’s yacht is the fifth to be dismasted in the Southern Ocean.


Goodall has been suffering from a concussion and bruises from her DHL Starlight’s pitchpoling prior to its dismasting in a Southern Ocean storm. Since that accident 2,000 nautical miles west northwest of Cape Horn in the Pacific Ocean she has struggled to keep down water and has not eaten. She has vomited many times since the dismasting. She was healthy enough to cut away the mast over the last two days. Rigging in the water has been known to sink vessels if not cut away.

MV Tian Fu is bound for Madryn, Argentina. That will give Goodall the opportunity to round Cape Horn albeit not on her yacht. According to it is due into port on December 17, 2018, but it may have been delayed up to four days by the rescue.

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