Round-the-world sailor res­cued af­ter storm dam­ages her ship

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A BRI­TISH woman sail­ing solo in a round-the-world race was res­cued af­ter a storm in the South­ern Ocean de­stroyed her mast and knocked her un­con­scious.

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

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

The Golden Globe Race web­site said of­fi­cials had been in reg­u­lar ra­dio con­tact with her since she re­gained con­scious­ness.

Goodall lost her mast around 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn near the south­ern tip of South Amer­ica on Wed­nes­day.

She was the youngest en­trant and the sole fe­male in the de­mand­ing race, and had 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 up­dated her po­si­tion and said: “Dis­masted. Hull OK. No form of jury rig. To­tal loss.”

Next she said the in­te­rior was a to­tal wreck but the lifeboat was OK, be­fore say­ing: “Nasty head bang as boat pitch­poled. Un­be­liev­ably roly now.”

A minute later, she said: “To­tally & ut­terly gut­ted!”

The com­pe­ti­tion be­gan on July 1 in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, with 18 skippers plan­ning to sail non-stop and with­out out­side help be­fore re­turn­ing to the port.

They must 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, won by Bri­tain’s Sir Robin Knox-John­ston.

RES­CUED: Susie Goodall had been com­pet­ing in the 30,000 miles Golden Globe Race.

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