Cargo ship res­cues solo sailor af­ter storm hell

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News - GE­ORGINA STUBBS [email protected]­erndai­ly­press.co.uk

ABRITISH woman sail­ing solo in a round-the-world race has been res­cued af­ter a vi­cious storm in the South­ern Ocean de­stroyed her mast and knocked her un­con­scious.

Susie Goodall tweeted to say she was “on the ship” on Fri­day af­ter­noon af­ter Chilean au­thor­i­ties di­rected Hong Kong-reg­is­tered cargo ship MV Tian Fu to help the stricken sailor.

The 29-year-old, from Fal­mouth in Corn­wall, had been com­pet­ing in the Golden Globe Race – a 30,000 nau­ti­cal mile solo and non-stop cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion.

On the Golden Globe Race web­site, of­fi­cials said they had been in reg­u­lar ra­dio con­tact with Goodall since she re­gained con­scious­ness.

She lost her mast in the South­ern Ocean around 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn – the south­ern tip of South Amer­ica – on Wed­nes­day.

She was the youngest en­trant and the sole fe­male in the de­mand­ing race, and has so far spent more than five months at sea.

Her en­try on the race web­site says she started sail­ing at the age of three and has crossed the At­lantic Ocean while sail­ing alone.

Goodall’s mes­sages to race of­fi­cials chron­i­cled the dis­as­ter that dis­abled her boat and saw her com­pe­ti­tion brought to an end.

On Wed­nes­day at around 8.30am, she tweeted: “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 she said: “In­te­rior to­tal wreck. Lifer­aft OK,” fol­lowed by an up­date on 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 non­stop and with­out out­side as­sis­tance be­fore re­turn­ing to the same French port.

Com­peti­tors are racing in boats mea­sur­ing be­tween 32ft and 36ft long, which were de­signed be­fore 1988 and have a full-length keel with rud­der at­tached to their trail­ing edge.

They also have to nav­i­gate with a sex­tant on pa­per charts, and with­out elec­tronic in­stru­ments or au­topi­lots – with spo­radic con­tact with fam­i­lies as their ra­dios al­low.

This move was to recre­ate the con­di­tions of the first Golden Globe Race in 1968 that was won by Bri­tish sailor Sir Robin Knox-John­ston.

Now 79, he sailed into the his­tory books when he be­came the first per­son to com­plete a full cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the world solo and non-stop.

Susie Goodall saw her yacht wrecked in theGolden Globe Race

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