Solo sailor knocked un­con­scious dur­ing storm

The Dominion Post - - World -

The res­cue of a Bri­tish woman sail­ing solo in a round-the-world race is un­der way af­ter she lost her mast and was knocked un­con­scious in a vi­cious storm in the South­ern Ocean.

Golden Globe Race of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day 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, 3200 kilo­me­tres west of Cape Horn.

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

Goodall, 29, is 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 3 and has sailed solo across the At­lantic Ocean.

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

On Thurs­day, 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 on July 1 in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, with 18 skip­pers each plan­ning to sail roughly 48,280km alone, non-stop and with­out out­side as­sis­tance be­fore re­turn­ing to the same French port.

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

AP

Bri­tish yachtswoman Susie Goodall, sail­ing her Rustler 36 yacht DHL Starlight in the Golden Globe Race, has lost her mast and was knocked un­con­scious in a vi­cious storm on Thurs­day. Res­cuers are now try­ing to reach her in the South­ern Ocean, 3200 kilo­me­tres west of Cape Horn.

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