British sailor embraces mother as she returns to shore after rescue

British sailor embraces her mother as she returns to shore in Chile days after rescue from yacht which capsized during solo round-the-world race

  • Susie Goodall has emotional reunion with mother after two days stranded at sea
  • British sailor knocked unconscious during high storm in round-the-world race
  • She was competing in 30,000-mile race west from Cape Horn off southern Chile
  • Sailor rescued by Chinese cargo ship and brought ashore to Chile by the navy 

A British sailor who had to be rescued from her capsized yacht on a solo round-the-world race is back on dry land for an emotional reunion with her family.

Yachtswoman Susie Goodall was taken to Chile after getting stranded in the southern Pacific Ocean for two days.  

The 29-year-old was competing in a 30,000-mile round-the-world race when her boat lost its mast during a ‘ferocious’ storm 2,000 miles west from Cape Horn in southern Chile’s Tierra del Fuego archipelago. 

She was rescued by a 40,000-tonne Chinese cargo ship before being brought ashore in Chile by the country’s navy. 

Goodall, from Falmouth, Cornwall, was lying in fourth place in the Golden Globe Race when 60-knot (69mph) winds destroyed her Rustler 36 yacht DHL Starlight on December 5. 

British solo sailor Susie Goodall walked into the waiting arms of mother after arriving on the cargo ship MV Tian Fu in Punta Arenas, Chile, today

Goodall arrived in Chile today where she embraced her mother after arriving on the cargo ship MV Tian Fu in Punta Arenas

Goodall said she was knocked unconscious and was ‘thrown across the cabin and was knocked out for a while’ during the ‘massive seas’ which broke her yacht’s mast

The moment Susie Goodall was rescued by the Tian Fu cargo vessel in Chilean waters in the Southern Ocean two days after her mast snapped 

She said she was knocked unconscious and was ‘thrown across the cabin and was knocked out for a while’ during the ‘massive seas’. 

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. 


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She was hoisted from her stricken vessel and taken aboard the cargo ship where to was transported to Chile.  

Her joy at being rescued from her crippled yacht in the Pacific was tempered when she was forced to scuttle the £200,000 vessel earlier this month. 

She arrived in Chile today where she embraced her mother after arriving on the cargo ship MV Tian Fu in Punta Arenas.

Goodall is welcomed by her mother and TV camera crews after arriving from the cargo ship MV Tian Fu today

She also embraced the Chilean Navy Comdr. Carlos Cerda after disembarking from the cargo ship MV Tian Fu in Punta Arenas, Chile

Goodall, who is an ocean sailing instructor who took up the sport at the age of three, also embraced Chilean Navy Comdr. Carlos Cerda after disembarking from the cargo ship.

The cargo ship rescued Goodall last week after a violent storm ripped off her mast and flung her yacht end over end in the Southern Ocean.

Goodall told officials soon after the storm: ‘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.

‘We were pitchpoled [rolled end over end] and I was thrown across the cabin and knocked out for a while.’ 

Her family said in an earlier message a day after she was rescued: ‘We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone involved in the successful rescue of Susie. 

Goodall’s mast on her yacht snapped, ending her dream of winning the 30,000-mile race

DHL Starlight yacht as she set off from Les Sables d’Olonne Harbour in July at the start of the solo around-the-world Golden Globe Race

‘She managed to get a few hours sleep last night but is struggling to eat or drink. Because of the damage on deck, water is making its way into the boat. The bilge fills every hour, but she can easily pump it out.’

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.’ 

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. 

Goodall was the fifth Golden Globe Race entrant this year to have abandoned the race due to their boat being dismasted. 

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