Susie Goodall (29)

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

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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