OUT 2018

Susie Goodall (32)

United Kingdom



Name Susie Goodall

Born July 27th 1989

Nationality British

Country of entry United Kingdom

Race GGR 2018

Boat Class Suhaili

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.


Boat [Suhaili]


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

December 14th 2018 12:00 AM

SUSIE GOODALL arrives in PUNTA AREANAS today and will surely be going through an emotional Rollercoaster touching land for the first time in 166 days , meeting civilization head on and meeting family and probably media all at once. Her many fans will be looking forward to hearing from her so we wish her all the best and once again THANKS to all involved with her RESCUE and recovery.

December 6th 2018 12:00 AM

All our thoughts are with Susie right now and a successful recovery in the next 24hrs by the MV ‘TIAN FU”. If conditions allow and the crew can launch the small man overboard recovery RIB it should be simple, but seas could be 5mtrs and then it is hard to launch and recover! The master and crew onboard will now be Planning, practicing and going over all possibilities to make the most successful and safest operation. They will check all equipment and survival gear and as professional mariners will use all their skill and training. There is no doubt however it is going to be challenging conditions so our thanks go to them and the efforts they are making under the Guidance of the CHILEAN RESCUE CO_ORDINATION CENTRE. To try a boarding operation for SUSIE climbing a ladder up the side of the ship is challenging for the Ships master and crew not to mention SUSIE. All entrants are updated on Susie and their thoughts are with her.

December 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

SUSIE GOODALL has not been able to catch up any ground on UKU for the past week. Each day one will gain or loose on the other but after a week they are both about 380 miles apart. this cat and mouse challenge could go on for some time. She too has not been able to catch any water.

November 28th 2018 12:00 AM

“150 days at sea”. This is the short message this morning from SUSIE, the only woman and youngest skipper of the Golden Globe Race. Beyond the number itself, dizzying in many ways, the exclamation mark may also reflect for the English sailor satisfaction (or surprise) to be still in the race … and fighting for the podium ! She is only a little over 300 NM from UKU, which holds for the moment the third place. But the Estonian remains for the moment better positioned further north, while the Englishwoman is dangerously flirting with the forbidden navigation zone, of which she is only 4 NM away this morning … And life onboard is not always that easy !

November 26th 2018 12:00 AM

A few days of light to NO WIND was very frustrating but at least UKU did not get too far ahead as he had average winds too. Susie is enjoying the OCEAN however but always in the back of her mind is CAPE HORN and UKU!…too early to think about MARK SLATS! Still no indication that she has caught any water so things must be getting VERY LOW by now…all seems well onboard with all systems operational.

November 22nd 2018 12:00 AM

The intermediate fleet undergoes winds more capricious, light or contrary, slowing their progress down. Susie will see the wind decrease in the next two days and a windless corridor is forming along the NO GO zone, where she is currently progressing with difficulty. Starlight DHL is expected to get light downwinds within two days.

November 21st 2018 12:00 AM

SUSIE is low on water and usually there is not a lot falling in the pacific side of the southern Ocean but for now she is focused on catching UKU. The winds have been good to her for many days but that run is about to finish with light winds in the next few days moving ahead of her and slowing. All else is good onboard and she is racing.

November 19th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku has had very light winds for the past five days and that opened the door for Susie sailing in consistent winds now just 200 miles behind. She has been enjoying the last few days of perfect sailing. She is about 1.5 days sailing from UKU so the race is on for third place. They talk often to each other on the Radio so UKU knows she is coming. Istvan is now catching up with Susie only 380 miles ahead but just clipped the edge of the North west corner of the NO GO ZONE

November 14th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie, 450 NM behind the Estonien can’t believe how calm and flat is this ocean at the moment, sailing with her kite up under a starry night, and wishing to have a little more wind…

November 12th 2018 12:00 AM

DHL Starlight is idling this morning, but she should be hit by moderate northwesterly winds soon. Susie should have good weather in the next few days. Following last weekend gaz cooker problems, and cold oats… Everything seems to be back to normal on board now !

November 7th 2018 12:00 AM

The crossing of the Tasman Sea looks serene for SUSIE, 700 miles from the Estonian and 200 miles ahead of the hungarian. The crossing of a violent depression in the south in 4 days, however, should raise a large swell that could make the approach of southern New Zealand uncomfortable for the english lady, especially as the wind may be relatively low at that time …

November 5th 2018 12:00 AM

SUSIE is back in the race in very pleasant wind conditions. Even though her break in Tasmania has gone well beyond what she would have liked, to wait after the storm, she has already traveled the first third of the distance to the south of New Zealand, where she could be expected next week-end.

November 2nd 2018 12:00 AM

“JUSTWANNAGIVEUP”… A weather alert has just been announced over the south of Tasmania. Susie has set anchorage early today before she dragged and then reset further into the beach. It is now blowing hard! In SAFETY COVE Port Arthur Tasmania. This very bad weather has at least the advantage of draining with it torrential rains which allows SUSIE, sheltered at Safety Bay, to refill her water supply. She should wait until Sunday, depending on the weather conditions, to head to the Tasman Sea.

November 1st 2018 12:00 AM

Susie has just dropped anchor in SAFETY COVE, Port Arthur settling down to ride out the approaching storm. Her position is in the TOP THIRD of this bay in about 7mtrs of water. Right now it is a beautiful Tassie day with some of the best beached and cruising ground in the world! BUT Susie is also now under the control of Australian Border Force flying the international Q flag as a foreign going vessel under duress. She will stay onboard the entire time. She has a 35lb CQR, 15mtrs of 10mm, chain and plenty of anchor line. Bottom holding is good sand so she should be OK. Her engine is operational and she will be well rested before the storm approaches. Winds in excess of 60kts are expected from the west blowing offshore. She is still racing!

October 31st 2018 12:00 AM

Susie made good use of her time in Hobart to repair her windvane self-steering and dive to clear barnacles clinging to the bottom of her Rustler 36 yacht DHL Starlight. Looking fit and relaxed, she remained at anchor for 12 hours, using the opportunity to try and catch up on sleep overnight before starting maintenance work on her boat at first light. A Big 24hrs for Susie and the GGR team and now thinking of her now trying to miss a 60kt storm headed her way. “NEXT STOP -FRANCE! AN EASY WINDVANE FIX:) AND BARNACLE FREE:)”

October 30th 2018 12:00 AM

“LAND!” SUSIE was just mooring in Hobart, Storm Bay, around midnight local time, early afternoon UTC, giving the first glimmers of her smiling face and first words, back to civilization. She has just reach the second and last drop point of the race in fourth position, after more than 120 days spent at sea on her own. Not bad for the youngest sailor in the fleet! We are waiting for her interview just after sunrise in Tasmania. Moreover, the depression forecast for the next few days will certainly force SUSIE to take a very northerly start to avoid the strongest of the storm.

October 29th 2018 12:00 AM

It will soon be SUSIE GOODALL’s turn to reach Stormbay, in Hobart. It is expected on October 30 (between 3 and 18 UTC), Tuesday night between the last light of the day and the first light of Wednesday Tasmanian time. She will be the fourth to cross this mandatory gate for all participants. A great performance for the youngest skipper (29 years old) in this long-running race that had to face many challenges, starting with the terrible storm she recently had to cross and that forced her to turn back, to escape the worst of the system. She also damaged her windvane, which she intends to repair during this imposed stop. She may take the opportunity to wait after the gale that will follow her arrival, sheltered in Kingston Beach. “ZERO WIND BUT A BEAUTIFUL STARRY NIGHT”.

October 26th 2018 12:00 AM

After the storms, Susie seems very happy in her latest messages to enjoy much nicer weather conditions. After this challenge, from which she has come out exhausted, with painfull hands, she is confronted with windvane issues which she hopes to be able to fix while stopping in Hobart, where she is expected next week, in 4th overall ranking, for the mandatory GGR film Drop point.

October 24th 2018 12:00 AM

Finally calms after the storm : “FLAT SEA AND WIND…OH SO WONDERFUL! À MUCH NEEDED GOOD DAY:)” It will take a little more to see the beautiful smile of SUSIE GOODALL, surely around 1 or November 2. On the high edge of the depression that will catch up with UKU, it is nearly 6 knots in a northwesterly flow that will swing to the south before a high pressure zone slows down its arrival. The English will perhaps not want to complain, considering the storm to which she recently escaped …She had to turn around to avoid the worst of the heavy weather!

October 18th 2018 12:00 AM

UPDATE! Susie just called in GGR HQ in Hobart to check and had been hand steering for 10 hours. Problem with wind vane needing a two hour repair. Conditions dropped back to 35kts now. She described Seas had been horrific and no sleep for 24hrs. Worst she has ever experienced and now heading a little north then heading around east again. She will have a short break over the next two days before another more NORMAL Southern Ocean Storm HITS! SUSIE was excited, laughing and happy to hear she passed Cape Leeuwin three times..a new record!!

October 17th 2018 12:00 AM

“ROUGH RIDE” was SUSIE’s short message last night. It is certainly well below what is looming for the English woman who has been running backwards for a few hours against the swell, towards the west, after being notified by GGR Race Control of the formation of a short but a violent storm that should develop much more dangerously than the predictions indicated so far. 55 knots of winds with gusts to 70 are expected on DHL Starlight trajectory, in a very confused sea generated by the fast winds rotation… The young sailor was advised to momentarily turn around, curving her way north, to escape to the worst part of the system. A difficult decision for SUSIE GOODALL who has just passed Cape Leeuwin and had gained ground on the the fleet in recent days.

October 11th 2018 12:00 AM

“THEFOGISBACK,NEEDSOMESUN” and “SLOWDAY!” she say yesterday.
Susie, still at the front of the middle peloton of the fleet, had some quiet and foggy times that were starting to annoy her a little bit.. But the conditions have just changed ..The wind, capricious with DHL Starlight, should yet begin to blow seriously these next 2 days. Indeed, Susie is already heading North, following the storm warning sent by GGR Race Control few days ago. Strong winds and 8 to 9 m swell are expected, but Susie should be farther north by then, in order to escape most of the gale and swell in formation in the Great South.

October 8th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie #Goodall (via satellite) “ICANSEE:)THEFOGHASLIFTED”. Fortunately, it is a little better for the middle peloton, led by the English SUSIE GOODALL 2700 miles from the leader. Even though it is in a thick fog (which is currently dissipating), she is progressing well, at nearly 6 knots. Clear view to the horizon with the fog gone and wanting to go east! but never easy..The Indian is proving quite a challenge but the boat is good and no storms in sight for now. All should benefit from strong winds in the coming days but again, punctuated by calms that will slow them down sharply.

October 2nd 2018 12:00 AM

700 miles away, SUSIE GOODALL is at only two knots and the little peloton in the middle is a little disjointed. She is slightly detached from the small group, but also struggling to move forward. If the English girl took advantage of a visit to a whale that she could almost touch, she will have to wait for a good day before seeing the north wind come back a little.She told us on the phone: “No wind, used to calms, boat ok. Radio sessions with Maverick and Uku. A whale came very close to the boat yesterday, and a sea lion this morning I think. Not much water à little bit concerned”. Fortunately, SUSIE will soon be overtaken by a moderate north-east breeze that will turn north tomorrow, allowing her to make a direct route.

September 26th 2018 12:00 AM

At 700 miles, SUSIE GOODALL is once again glued in a calm zone but will soon be caught up by a good northwesterly wind as well as her pursuers TAPIO LEHTINEN, ISTVAN KOPAR and LOIC LEPAGE. These 4 skippers now form a small group that evolve in the same weather system.

September 25th 2018 12:00 AM

“WHY DO COLD FRONTS ALWAYS PASS AT NIGHT!” SUSIE GOODALL benefited from more favorable conditions than the leading group, even if the swell generated by the big gust of this weekend is still substantial. With TAPIO LEHTINEN, ISTVAN KOPAR and LOIC LEPAGE, she will sail tomorrow at the top edge of a northwesterly wind system that will strengthen before weakening by passing to the southwest … wind directions will allow her to progress towards the direct route, fully East.

September 18th 2018 12:00 AM

SUSIE GOODALL points her bow full south to less than two knots average these last 4 hours. She has visibly faced once again to headwinds that once again complicate her progress towards the east … The Indian is really ruthless for the Englishwoman who should soon sail again downwind, just like ISTVAN KOPAR and TAPIO LEHTINEN, 200 miles behind. Here too, a band without wind progresses towards the three sailors before a very big depression does not come to strike these competitors. On her last phone call, she sounded happy with everything onboard just frustrated with the weather again but all OK and hoping to be in Hobart by the end of OCTOBER!! so are we!!

September 14th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie has still suffered weather variations that seem to start playing on her morale … (via satellite) “REACHED LEVEL 2 🙁 NOT FUN!” ; “SO OVER EASTERLY WINDS ! GETTING KNOW WHERE”
…But SUSIE GOODALL, just out of the hole, should escape the zone o fcalm building up behind her, and should benefit from good wind to try and catch up with the boys at the front and to dig the gap with Istvan and Tapio.
Go Susie !

September 10th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie #Goodall (via satellite) “WESTERLYWIND:) SO GOOD!:)”. For SUSIE, 6th, the progression is now downwind, at about 6 knots average. Nearly 750 miles behind UKU RANDMAA, she leads the second group of pursuers, 200 miles ahead of TAPIO LEHTINEN and ISTVAN KOPAR who were surprised to see each other!

September 7th 2018 12:00 AM

In less than 40NM, the english girl should be crossing the Cape ! Long awaited after the meanders of the last few weeks, while progress was difficult and the wind capricious. Susie hung on and here she is soon passing the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope on her DHL Starlight! Susie #Goodall (via satellite) “I ASKED FOR WIND I GOT À SOUTHEASTERLY GALE. SHOULD HAVE BEEN SPECIFIC” she says.So, if the SE headwinds and close-hauled navigation do not stop her too much today, she should be the sixth skipper of the GGR fleet to cross the symbolic line marking the end of a first chapter that took Susie 68 days to write, and which opens the doors on the Indian and Southern Ocean, the way to the East! The roaring 40ties are not so far …Susie #Goodall (via satellite) “SOUTHEAST GALE AGAIN! À WINDY NIGHT AHEAD”.

September 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

The expected depression fell on the second half of the fleet and SUSIE GOODALL finally sails at nearly 6 knots … and in the right direction. “WIND ALL NIGHT” she enthuses in her last message. The Englishwoman must be really relieved, even if she stays this morning on the edge of a zone of high pressure. Fortunately for her, a good wind will come from behind.Loneliness begins to be felt, fortunately the wind will again occupy her a little on the boat this week.

August 29th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie wrote at the beginning of the week : “GUTTED TO HEAR OF ARE S DISMASTING! REALLY HOPE HE S OK!”. Today, she seems back on track : “PROGRESS TO THE SOUTH ! : ) CREW MORALE UP!”

August 27th 2018 12:00 AM

SUSIE GOODALL is on the wrong side of the high pressure system and is struggling with weak winds that are already blowing from the front and making her progress towards the southeast very frustrating … and pushing her towards Africa “ENOUGHOFSOUTHEASTERLIES!!!”. Fortunately, today she confirmed on her weekly sat phone call that everything is fine and the sun is up! : “SUNSHINE AND POSITION ! :)”

August 22nd 2018 12:00 AM

Trapped by light winds, Susie has been heading North to avoid them and she is back South today. When she rang for her weekly call she complained about a messy and confused sea that makes sailing very uncomfortable and also about leaks inside probably issued by moving chain plates. On Tuesday she was on 6th position behind Uku.

August 17th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie is doing well at à 5.6knts rate, catching up on Gregor (a little more to the West) less than 20 miles behind him, and getting closer and closer to the direct route to round the Cape. Due to GREGOR’s western option, the two youngest competitors of the GGR2018, are now sailing again together after having been separated for a long time. They have been sailing with good averages for several days, but the two skippers could be caught in the coming days by a band of weak winds in formation in their wake.Susie sounds enjoying on board : “SUNSOUT!”, CLEAR HORIZON AND BLUE SK”, “THE SEA IS SO FLAT,SUCH GENTLE SAILING IT’S SUPER” and “AN ALBATROSS CAME TO SAY HELLO”.

August 13th 2018 12:00 AM

In a position always intermediate between the two great options of this descent of the Atlantic, SUSIE GOODALL also continues her progress to the south at a rate that she would obviously like faster “NICE NOT TO HAVE WATER OVER THE DECK BUT A LITTLE WIND WOULD BE GOOD”. It could be better in the coming days with strong winds that will help DHL Starlight to curl its way to the east and to move faster on the direct route. According to her call to Race Control this morning Susie remains very positive, and even had “PANCAKESUNDAY” !

August 9th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie is a strong character and is in the GGR for all the right reasons. She is deep into this adventure and riding that same emotional rollercoaster that you read about in all the books including from the orignal 1968 Golden Globe. No one can know what she is really going through. But every now and then you see she is both a great sailor and an ordinary human with ordinary emotions. Sometimes we place entrants on a pedestal and think they are doing it easy. This is a tough challenge and hats off to them all. But yes even Susie has bad days!

August 6th 2018 12:00 AM

Still on the sidelines of her fleet sailing south to the east, only Britain’s Susie Goodall (Rustler 36 DHL Starlight) is making the break from west to east.
But the farther she gets to the West, the further southward her progress seems to have slowed down on the tracker, recording the fewest miles traveled in recent days, due to lack of wind, trade winds missing. Morale on board seems the same, one day with, and one day so..so, reported the young sailor this morning during her call to the Race Control. She still enjoys the ride, and fully appreciates the starry sky and the special moments of sunrise and sunset, wondering what we are doing in land, on the other side of the hemisphere. Susie, like Gregor, has not been able to collect more than 3 liters of water since her departure, because of the lack of rain. This may become a priority in the coming weeks.

August 1st 2018 12:00 AM

A little more than 300 miles behind the Top 3, SUSIE GOODALL, alongside with UKU Randmaa,TAPIO LEHTINEN and ARE WIIG, has just crossed the equator, 4th
overall in late July. Susie owes her gain to her option to the east, which brings her closer to the direct route and was sliding south between 5 to 6 knots on average. But she is now fighting against head winds, and she has just broken a spinnaker pole! She only has one left. However, her mind is at its highest and her text messages make us travel day by day, telling about starry nights and magic of marine life.

July 20th 2018 12:00 AM

Susie appears to be loving life onboard and with the weather warming up considerably her eyes are on the equator. She is sailing a course just east of the Cape Verde Islands and is currently fifth in the fleet. It looks like she will continue to have light winds for some time and as yet it is unclear where she will try and cross the doldrums. Gregor is breathing down her neck but it seems this is not distracting her from plankton trawls and appreciating the night sky.

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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