Susie Goodall Would Do Golden Globe Race Again After Sailboat Dismasting

Rescued English solo-sailor Susie Goodall says she “I would do this again…in a heartbeat”. Golden Globe Race sailor Goodall, arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile on the 190 meter cargo ship that rescued her on December 14, 2018. Her 36-foot sailboat was pitchpoled, dismasted and “gutted” the GGR, 2,000 miles west northwest of Cape Horn. She was hoisted on a crane onto the deck of the cargo ship in 3-to-4 meter seas. Her boat lost all its rigging, poles, and mast after it was flipped in a Southern Ocean storm. Its Jordan Series drogue line snapped. Susie Goodall suffered a head injury and activated her EPIRB emergency distress beacon. The yachtswoman was rescued two days later with the clothes on her back and a small backpack with her passport and a few clothes. The MRCC Chile coordinated the rescue after Falmouth, England received the distress call. 18 sailors started the 2018 Golden Globe Race, but only 5 were left after Goodall, the only woman and the youngest entrant at age 29 dropped out. Her boat is believed to have filled with water an sunk due to deck leaks and depleted batteries.


You will hear Susie Goodall’s satellite phone call with Golden Globe Race Chairman and founder Don McIntyre. Barry Picktall, spokesman for the GGR 2018, explains how Goodall’s yacht was wrecked and the timeline of the rescue. We run the full statement by Susie Goodall in Punta Aranas, Chile after making her first landfall after leaving Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, on July 1, 2018. She was in the race for 157 days solo non-stop. The Golden Globe Race is for 32-to-36 foot vintage sailboats. Sailors use technology available after the first race in 1968.

There is footage from Loic Lepage’s rescue in the Indian Ocean from AMSA the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. In addtion, Goodall’s press conference was filmed by

Maria Pastora Sandoval – “Titi” and posted to her Facebook page.
Audio and video from that was reproduced with Ms. Sandoval’s permission.

GGR/PPL photos and videos were used with permission.

We also feature videos from the Armada de Chile on Twitter of Ms. Goodall’s arrival after 166 days at sea.

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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