British sailor has to sink her yacht so it does not pose a risk

British sailor who was rescued when a storm upended her boat 2,000 miles from Cape Horn is forced to deliberately sink her yacht so it does not pose a risk to other vessels

  • Susie Goodall had to ensure her yacht sank so it did not pose a risk to other ships 
  • The 19-year-old was 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn when her ship flipped over
  • She was forced to cling to her bunk for two days as a cargo ship raced to rescue 

A British sailor’s joy at being rescued from her crippled yacht in the Pacific was tempered when she was forced to scuttle the £200,000 vessel.

When she was picked up by a Chinese cargo ship, Susie Goodall had to ensure her yacht, DHL Starlight, sank so it did not pose a risk to other vessels.

Ms Goodall, 29, was 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn during the round-the- world Golden Globe Race when DHL Starlight flipped over in 70mph winds and mountainous seas.

Ms Goodall (pictured), 29, was 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn during the round-the- world Golden Globe Race when DHL Starlight flipped over

Susie Goodall is seen being rescued after she spent two days stranded in the Southern Ocean after her boat was smashed up by a monster storm

The ‘Golden Globe Race’ is an ocean race in which sailors compete without high technology aides such as GPS or computers. Pictured, Susie Goodall leaves Les Sables d’Olonne Harbour on July 1

The vessel’s mast snapped, ending her dream of winning the 30,000-mile contest, and she was forced to cling to her bunk for two terrifying days as cargo ship Tian Fu raced to her rescue. Ms Goodall, from Falmouth, Cornwall, was winched aboard on Friday and is now heading towards Chile.

Writing on social media, her family said: ‘It was with a heavy heart Susie left DHL Starlight to fend for herself, before she fills with water and rests on the Pacific Ocean floor.


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‘DHL Starlight has been her home for the past few years; a faithful friend who stood up valiantly to all the elements, a guardian until their last moments together.’

Referring to her ordeal, they wrote: ‘When she was younger, Susie loved doing somersaults on trampolines.

‘We just never thought she’d do one in a boat.’

Race spokesman Barry Pickthall said: ‘She must be absolutely devastated as she will have spent about £200,000 on the yacht, including giving it a new rig and new sails.’

As she recovered yesterday aboard Tian Fu, Susie Goodall tweeted one simple message: ‘A HOT CUPPA!’

Susie Goodall, 29, was rescued by a 38,000 tonne cargo ship some two hours after it arrived at her position 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn, in the Southern Ocean

A weather map has shown the storm that lashed the area four hours before Miss Goodhall lost her rig

Susie becomes the fifth Golden Globe Race entrant in this years edition to have abandoned the race due to their boat being dismasted

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