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Cornish sailor back on land after getting stranded at sea

Cornish sailor back on land after getting stranded at sea

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:14pm 14th December 2018.

A Cornish sailor is back on dry land after getting stranded in the southern Pacific Ocean when a big storm hit.

Susie Goodall was doing a 30,000-mile round-the-world race when her yacht was battered by huge waves

Her boat lost its mast during a "ferocious" storm 2,000 miles from Cape Horn.

The 29-year-old, from Falmouth, was lying in fourth place in the Golden Globe Race when 60-knot (69mph) winds and "massive seas" destroyed her Rustler 36 yacht DHL Starlight.

She said she was "thrown across the cabin and was knocked out for a while".

A distress signal from her yacht was first picked up by the Falmouth coastguard.

They alerted race control and the Chilean maritime search and rescue authorities responsible for that part of the Pacific.

The authorities contacted a ship 480 miles (772km) southwest of Goodall's position and asked for help.

She was subsequently picked up by a 40,000 ton container vessel.

susie goodall
Credit: Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR

Goodall was the youngest and only female competitor taking part in the non-stop yacht race, which sees competitors sail single-handedly without modern technology or satellite navigation equipment.

Competitors set off from France on 1 July and the race is expected to take around nine months.

The last time the race took place was in 1968. Sir Robin Knox Johnston was the only person to finish back then.

Eighteen sailors were taking part in this year's race, but more than half have now dropped out.

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