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

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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