Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018 Susie Goodall 's EPIRB Activated, 2 days ago   23:19

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See the Rolex film of the 50th anniversary edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. A record 130 yachts competed, including the 35-metre (115-feet) Nikita, the largest boat to have participated to date. Cannon fire from Valletta’s Saluting Battery announced the start of the 606-nm offshore race from Malta’s Grand Harbour, taking in the Strait of Messina, Stromboli’s active volcano and the islands of Favignana, Pantelleria and Lampedusa. Organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club with the support of Rolex, the Rolex Middle Sea Race marked a festive finale to the Mediterranean yachting season.

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Susie Goodall 's EPIRB Activated, Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018 2 days ago   18:56

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Susie Goodall's sailboat was pitchpoled and dismasted in the 2018 Golden Globe Race. She was 2,000nm northwest of Cape Horn. The English solo sailor activated her EPIRB distress beacon at UTC 11AM on December 5, 2018.She was in fourth place of the 2018 GGR sailing race for 32-to-36-foot sailboats. She is the fifth racer to see her boat dismasted and the fourth to signal for rescue. Other dismasted Golden Globe Race sailing captains were Abhilash Tomy, Gregor McGuckin, Are Wiig, and Loic Lepage. The Golden Globe Race had 18 competitors leave Les Sables d’Olonne, France on July 1, 2018. After Susie's dismasting only 5 racers plan to continue in the solo, non-stop race for 32-to-36-foot sailboats. Goodall's DHL Starlight is a Rustler 36 and is taking on water through deck leaks opened up from the pitchpole. A ship the 38,000 ton 190 meter Chinese container ship is en route. Goodall suffered a head injury and was knocked out immediately after the accident. The battery system is believed to be damaged and she will soon lose electrical capabilities. The rig is totally destroyed.

The GGR press release said:
"British yachtswoman Susie Goodall was pitchpoled and dismasted in the Southern Ocean some 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn today. A distress signal was first picked up from her yacht by Falmouth Coastguard at 11:00 UTC, who then alerted Race Control and the Chilean Maritime Search and Rescue authorities responsible for this sector of the South Pacific.
Goodall, (29) from Falmouth UK, and the youngest competitor in the Golden Globe Race, was lying in 4th place at the time, riding out a ferocious storm with 60 knot winds and massive seas aboard her Rustler 36 yacht DHL Starlight."

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