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 Name||DHL Starlight|
|Boat 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 kg|
|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.