UK round-the-world sailor be­ing res­cued after los­ing mast

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - SPORTS - GRE­GORY KATZ

LON­DON — A Bri­tish woman sail­ing solo in a round-the-world race is be­ing res­cued after los­ing her mast and be­ing knocked un­con­scious in a vi­cious storm in South­ern Ocean.

Golden Globe Race of­fi­cials said Thurs­day on the race web­site that they have been in reg­u­lar ra­dio con­tact with Susie Goodall since she re­gained con­scious­ness.

Goodall is said to be “safe and se­cure” after los­ing her mast in the South­ern Ocean, 3,200 km west of Cape Horn near the south­ern tip of South Amer­ica.

Chilean au­thor­i­ties have di­rected the MV Tian Fu to res­cue her. The car­rier is ex­pected to reach Goodall on Fri­day.

The 29-year-old Goodall was the youngest en­trant and the sole fe­male in the de­mand­ing race. Her en­try on the race web­site says she started sail­ing at the age of three and has crossed the At­lantic Ocean while sail­ing alone.

Her text mes­sages to race of­fi­cials chron­i­cled the dis­as­ter that dis­abled her boat.

On Wed­nes­day at 0829 GMT she texted: “Tak­ing a ham­mer­ing! Won­der­ing what on earth I’m do­ing out here” and sent her po­si­tion.

Four hours later, she said: “Dis­masted. Hull OK. No form of jury rig. To­tal loss” and up­dated her po­si­tion.

Next came this: “In­te­rior to­tal wreck. Lifer­aft OK.”

Then came word of her in­jury: “Nasty head bang as boat pitch­poled. Un­be­liev­ably roly now.”

And a minute later: “To­tally & ut­terly gut­ted!”

The com­pe­ti­tion be­gan July 1 in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, with 18 skip­perseach­plan­ning­to­sail­roughly 48,000 km alone non­stop with­out out­side as­sis­tance be­fore re­turn­ing to the same French port.

Somem­o­d­ern­tech­nol­ogy,in­clud­ing the use of satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion aids, were banned as race of­fi­cials tried to recre­ate con­di­tions used in the first Golden Globe Race in 1968.

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