Res­cuers on way to Susie

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BRI­TISH Golden Globe yachtswoman Susie Goodall was adrift in the South­ern Ocean yes­ter­day after stor­m­driven waves sent her yacht DHL Starlight tum­bling end-over-end.

The boat, a Rustler 36, was built in Fal­mouth in Corn­wall the mid-1990s and the com­pany mod­i­fied it be­fore the start of the sin­gle-handed round-the-world race.

Cargo ship the Tian Fu has been di­verted and is ex­pected to reach the Golden Globe Race skip­per early to­day.

Race or­gan­is­ers said Ms Goodall re­mained safe and se­cure after be­ing pitch­poled and dis­masted in the South­ern Ocean some 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing from the Rustler Yachts head­quar­ters in Fal­mouth yes­ter­day, com­pany di­rec­tor Adrian Jones said that be­ing pitch­poled was an ex­tremely rare event and would have caused “may­hem” in the boat. With­out a mast to sta­bilise the ves­sel “she is just go­ing to be like a cork in a storm”.

“They are strong boats,” Mr Jones said. “We are known in the in­dus­try for build­ing ex­tremely hand­some and strong cruis­ing yachts.”

He added: “This event is a proper chal­lenge, and the com­peti­tors are spe­cial peo­ple.”

Goodall has brought flood­ing in the boat un­der con­trol, and was try­ing to coax the en­gine to run again in case she needs to ma­noeu­vre her yacht along­side the ship. Just five of the 16 skip­pers who crossed the start line on July 1 in France are left in the race.

Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR

Yachtswoman Susie Goodall has been tak­ing part in the GoldenGlobe round-the-world race

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