Susie Goodall (28)

United Kingdom


Name Susie Goodall

Born July 27th 1989

Nationality British

Country of entry United Kingdom

Susie Goodall is an offshore and ocean sailing instructor who was introduced to the sport at the age of 3 and raced Laser dinghies before moving into teaching. In recent times, she has been skippering a 60ft sail training/expedition yacht in Scandinavia. She says: “When I was young, all holidays were spent sailing and my weekends were taken up racing Lasers, before I started teaching sailing on the Isle of Wight. I’ve spent a few years working in the superyacht industry before taking up sail training.”

She has won sponsorship from worldwide courier DHL and bought the Rustler 36 Ariadne, in which she completed a double Atlantic solo crossing in 2017 prior to returning to builder Rustler Yachts in Falmouth for a complete refit in preparation for the GGR. The yacht was displayed at the 2018 London International Boat Show where she was renamed DHL Starlight.




Name DHL Starlight
Type Rustler 36 Masthead sloop
Designer Holman & Pye
Builder Rustler Yachts (UK)
LOA 35.33ft / 10.77m
LWL 26.92ft / 8.21m
Beam 11.00ft / 3.35m
Draft 5.50ft / 1.67m
Displacement 16805 lbs / 7623 kgs
Sail area 693sq. ft / 64.38sq. m

Susie Goodall is one of 7 entrants to have selected the rugged Rustler 36 class yacht to compete in the GGR. In 2016, the yacht underwent an initial refit prior to Susie completing a solo transatlantic passage to the Caribbean and back. This experience gave Susie the opportunity to tailor the boat to her exact requirements, and the modifications, which include a protective doghouse over the companionway and forward end of the cockpit, were completed during a final refit at the Rustler Yachts yard in Falmouth where she was built.

Skipper Updates

July 13th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie sailed into the film drop in the dark in good condition. She reported that the first five days had been “awful” but since then she has been enjoying it. Her headsail furling unit is not working as easily as it should, there are some inaccuracies with the towing log and a small leak from the stern gland needs some attention. Susie has been working the HF radio effectively and sees it as a “lifeline” both within the fleet and to DHL and her family.

July 11th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie, while trailing the Rustlers, is well established in the front pack of the fleet. She has been having trouble getting sextant sights due to cloud cover but has been enjoying the company of dolphins.

July 6th 2018 12:00 AM

keep away from the Spanish coast.

Susie has sailed a classic course mid fleet being sure to keep away from the Spanish coast. The pain she has taken to get in this position is likely to pay off as competitors get caught by the coast.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie Goodall relaunched her Rustler 36 DHL Starlight in March and completed her jury rig test during a passage to Plymouth where a new Selden mast was stepped before she set sail for Southampton where Goodall will complete her preparations prior to the start.

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