Susie Goodall on his boat DHL Starlight on July 1 at the beginning of the Sunshine around the world Golden…
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Challenge: Sail 30,000 miles around the world, non-stop, alone.
What can go wrong?
This week Susie Goodall discovered. The 29-year-old British woman was the youngest participant in the annual Golden Globe Race that sends sailors from France’s coast around the world and back to the same port. Or at least that is the plan.
On Wednesday morning, Goodall was 2000 miles west of South America when her boat was angry in heavy winds, broke her mast and pinned her temporarily unconscious. She activated her emergency signal and a series of troublesome updates were sent to her Twitter account:
The Chilean Maritime Coordination Center received its emergency signal and ordered Tian Fu, a cargo ship on its way from China to Argentina, to divert from its course and save Goodall.
At the same time, everything could do everything expected – tried to keep his boat steady in the hazy South Pacific and pump out water that leaked into damaged cabin.
When the 600-foot lifeboat finally arrived at Goodall, it was considered impossible to use a small boat to pick her up because 10-13 footwaves waved both vessels. Instead, crew members aboard Tian Fu performed a kind of high-end version of Candy Crane, dropped a cable from one of the ship’s massive truck lifts and picked Goodall from her tire and took her for safety.
The good news was published on her Facebook page: “From Susie, at 15:14 UTC: ON SHIP !!! ” Goodall is expected to arrive at the Chilean port of Punta Arenas on Wednesday.
She is not the first sailor to run into trouble during the year. As reported by the NPR, an accident in the Indian Ocean forced the evacuation of a sailor in September. skippers from France and Ireland must also be rescued.
In a post from November 30 entitled “Halfway around the world,” Goodall wrote about how challenging the experience had been at the time when she met hard sea.
“To say I had enough of this score is an understatement. They were the hardest and lonely days I have ever had. All I wanted was a break from it. But under Australia, half of the world from home I can as well sail home instead of taking a break. “
Her family thanked rescuers and competition organizers Friday and said goodbye to their ship, DHL Starlight.
“It was with a heavy heart Susie left DHL Starlight to manage herself before she fills water and rests on the Pacific Ocean. DHL Starlight has been her home in recent years, a faithful friend who stood up for all the elements , a guardian to his last moment together. “