The Washington Post Sunday
Solo sailor is rescued after ship is flipped
Susie Goodall, the lone woman and youngest competing in a solo around-the-world sailing competition called the 2018 Golden Globe Race, was rescued Friday by a cargo ship that diverted to her location about 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn in the Southern Ocean, which circles Antarctica. Goodall’s Twitter feed, being run by her family, acknowledged the news:
“ON THE SHIP!!!” read the post Friday morning.
Sailing through 60-knot winds and high seas, Goodall’s 35-foot yacht flipped end-over-end Wednesday — the 157th day of her journey — while she was below deck, breaking its mast but leaving the hull intact. The 29-year-old native of Falmouth, England, suffered cuts and bruises and said she was “knocked out for a while” but came to and made contact with race organizers on her emergency satellite phone. By Friday, a 190meter, Hong Kong-registered cargo ship called the Tian Fu, traveling to Argentina from China, was able to see her location via her search and rescue transponder.
An Instagram post from Goodall showed the rescue was not without its perils. She noted waves “3-4 metres” high, and that a crane used to hoist her onto the ship would be swaying.
According to the Golden Globe Twitter feed, Goodall’s engine stalled after about 20 minutes, so the cargo ship master had to maneuver the 40,000-ton vessel to meet her. With the seas calming a bit, it was able to lift her out of her yacht via crane, which was captured in a photo by Chile’s national search and rescue service.
The Golden Globe race began in July in France, and its contestants are sailing 30,000 miles around the globe using just 1960s-era equipment that was available to Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, the only sailor to finish the previous race in 1968. The contestants had to make their way around the globe without satellite navigation, and the design of their yachts had to be from before 1988. Excerpted from washingtonpost.com/earlylead