• Help On Way For Susie

    Day 157: Susie Goodall dismasted 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn
    EPIRB alert picked up by Falmouth Coastguard at 11:00 UTC
    Goodall safe and secure onboard
    Chilean rescue authorities alerted
    Nearest vessel is 480 miles to SW – 2 days away
    Dateline 15:00 UTC 05.12.2018 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France


    British yachtswoman Susie Goodall was pitch poled 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.

    In her last text message to Race Control received before the dismastig at 08:29 UTC,, she reported’ TAKING A HAMMERING! WONDERING WHAT ON EARTH I’M DOING OUT HERE
    In a subsequent message, received at 12:23 UTC, she wrote: DISMASTED. HULL OK. NO FORM OF JURY RIG, TOTAL LOSS Position: 45′ 27.787 S 122′ 23.537 W.



    After 3 attempts, Race HQ was able to raise Goodall on her emergency satellite phone when she confirmed: “I have been dismasted. Thought I had holed the hull because the boat filled with water, but the hull is NOT holed. The hull is OK.
    The boat is destroyed. I can’t make up a jury rig. The only thing left is the hull and deck which remain intact.

    We were pitchpoled [rolled end over end] and I was thrown across the cabin and knocked out for a while. “
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    peaking with emotion, but sounding very much in control of her situation, Susie also confirmed that she had secured all hatches, portholes and safety equipment, and did NOT need immediate assistance. She said that before the incident, she had been enjoying the conditions and felt in control. But then the safety tube on her Monitor self-steering broke and she was forced to trail a drogue anchor astern and take down the mainsail. She was below decks when the boat was pitchpoled, and when she returned on deck to assess the damage, found that the line attached to the drogue had parted.


    Susie also reported that she ‘has been beaten up and badly bruised’ with cuts and scratches and a big bump on her head. MSOS, the GGR’s 24 hour medical telecentre has been advised and doctors are now monitoring her symptoms and providing direct medical advice

    The winds have since dropped down to 45 knots and conditions are likely to improve further as the storm continues to head East.
    The nearest GGR competitor is Estonion Uku Randmaa 400 miles ahead of Goodall and about to face the same storm conditions, so it is impractical for him to turn about. It is far safer for American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar, 780 miles to the west to continue his downwind course and intercept DHL Starlight. The GGR fleet have now been alerted to Susie‘s situation and Kopar expects to reach her position in six days time.





    Subsequently, the Chilean Authorities have contacted a ship 480 miles SW of Goodall‘s position and requested assistance. Her Captain expects to take 2 days to reach the area.

    Race Chairman Don McIntyre said today: “We are monitoring the situation carefully, speaking to Susie every hour and working with the Chilean Search and rescue authorities on the best course of action to take. We have also informed her family and are keeping them informed”


    https://goldengloberace.com/day-157-...-of-cape-horn/


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    We are extremely saddened by the incident which took place on December 5th on board Susie Goodall’s boat DHL Starlight. The safety of Susie is of utmost importance. From the information we have available at this time we know that Susie was sailing in the Pacific Ocean, 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn in 60 knot winds when her wind vane broke. The exact height of the waves is unknown, but massive seas reported. She deployed her drogue to steady the boat, but that failed. She was in the cabin when the boat pitchpoled, sending her and the boat’s contents flying forward and knocking her unconscious for a period of time. She sustained a minor head injury and spent the following hours removing the rigging debris to prevent further boat damage. The hull of the boat is unbreached, and Susie is safe.

    The Chilean authorities are coordinating a rescue effort, and have requested assistance from a ship 480 miles South West of Susie’s position. Her captain expects to take 2 days to reach the area.

    Up until today, Susie was attempting to sail around the world solo as part of the Golden Globe Race.

    Susie Goodall Racing would like to thank the race support team for their help during this time. The family are in regular contact with the Golden Globe Race team and have spoken to Susie since the incident. Further information will be released when available on the GGR website.

    https://susiegoodall.co.uk/news/2018...ial-statement/