A British yachtswoman says she is ‘clinging on’ in her bunk as she waits for rescue after her boat was smashed up by a monster storm.
Susie Goodall had to radio for help after horrendous weather all but wrecked her chances in the solo Golden Globe Race around the world.
The 29-year-old is stranded 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn, deep in the Southern Ocean. One of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world, it is known for huge swells, rough seas and the threat of icebergs any time of the year.
Chilean authorities contacted a ship 480 miles south west of Miss Goodall’s position and it is due to reach her in the early hours of Friday morning.
In a series of tweets, Miss Goodall, from Falmouth in Cornwall, said: ‘This motion is just horrible! Clinging on in my bunk.’
British yachtswoman Susie Goodall (pictured) says she is ‘clinging on’ in her bunk as she waits for rescue after her boat was smashed up by a monster storm
A weather map has shown the storm that lashed the area four hours before Miss Goodhall lost her rig
Miss Goodall, from Falmouth in Cornwall has posted a series of tweets describing her situation as she awaits rescue
In another, she wrote that she was ‘In need of a good cuppa tea! But sadly no cooker’ and this morning she added: ‘That was a looong night’.
Today, race organisers said Chilean rescue authorities have tasked the 38,000 ton Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier MV Tian Fu – bound from China to Modran, Argentina – to go to her aid. It is due to reach her position at 5am on Friday.
They said she remains ‘safe and secure aboard’ and is preparing for her rescue by attempting to make her engine work again and readying her lift raft.
She may be forced to scramble up a rope ladder when the ship arrives for her evacuation.
Organisers said in an updated statement: ‘It will still be dark when the MV Tian Fu reaches the scene and the rescue operation is unlikely to commence before daylight.
‘It will be for her Captain to decide the best method to transfer Goodall from yacht to ship. This could entail launching the ship’s own man-overboard vessel, or lowering a cargo net or ladder over the side for her to climb up from the yacht or her liferaft.’
Miss Goodall is the youngest competitor and only woman to enter the event, which started in July. It has taken place only once before – in 1968 when Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was the sole finisher.
She was in 4th place in the non-stop, 30,000-mile race. Falmouth Coastguard picked up a distress signal from her yacht, DHL Starlight, yesterday morning after she was hit by a ferocious storm with 60 knot winds and massive waves.
In her last message to race control before her mast was broken, she said: ‘Taking a hammering. Wondering what on earth I’m doing out here.’
She later told officials: ‘I have been dismasted. Thought I had holed the hull because the boat filled with water, but the hull is not holed. The hull is OK. The boat is destroyed. I can’t make up a jury rig. The only thing left is the hull and deck which remain intact.
Susie Goodall, 29, (pictured) was caught in a massive storm off Cape Horn and had been battling with the elements for 24 hours
Susie was said to have been launched across the vessel while below deck and ‘knocked out for a while’
Susie is currently sailing a Rustler 36 class yacht (pictured) in the DHL Golden Globe round the world race
‘We were pitchpoled [rolled end over end] and I was thrown across the cabin and knocked out for a while.’
A spokesperson for the race said yesterday they had been in contact with Susie who said she received a concussion, cuts on her hands, and bruises in the incident – but is otherwise okay.
An update on the DHL Golden Globe website said: ‘[She is] now talking to MSOS UK the GGR 24hr telemedicine doctor for advice and check up.
‘Weather is moderating a little. Boat huge mess down below. Not in danger for now.’
Susie and another competitor were said to have been at the centre of a ‘large low pressure storm’
Susie waving goodbye to her supporters at the beginning of the race. She had been lying in fourth place when her boat overturned
She is relying on doctors advice and is being monitored by the medical teams back in the UK
Her boat was in the middle of the Pacific ocean when the incident occurred yesterday morning
Susie becomes the fifth Golden Globe Race entrant in this years edition to have abandoned the race due to their boat being dismasted
Another post on the website at 10.48am yesterday read: ‘Susie is taking the worst of it being close to the center with wind direction and strength going all over the place, causing real challenges for her.’
After activating her emergency signal yesterday morning, Susie got back in contact with the Chilean coastguard saying she was ‘totally and utterly gutted’.
‘Interior total wreck, liferaft ok, nasty head bang as boat pitchpoled. Unbelievably roly now. Totally and utterly gutted.’
Race Chairman Don McIntyre said: ‘We are monitoring the situation carefully, speaking to Susie every hour and working with the Chilean Search and rescue authorities on the best course of action to take. We have also informed her family and are keeping them informed.’
Susie is the fifth Golden Globe Race entrant this year to have abandoned the race due to their boat being dismasted.
Miss Goodall is an ocean sailing instructor who took up the sport at the age of three.
In the 1968 race, Sir Robin’s rivals either retired or sank. But one, Donald Crowhurst, killed himself. The story of his troubled life was the subject of a film, The Mercy, released this year and starring Colin Firth.
The Golden Globe race encompasses the three great capes of the Southern Ocean: Chile’s Horn, South Africa’s Good Hope and Australia’s Leeuwin.