Archive for March, 2019

Susie Goodall Confirms Rescue After The Storm During The Round-The-World Sailing Race

Susie Goodall, the British yachtswoman has given the confirmation that she has been rescued saying that she is on the ship after she had been stranded in Southern Pacific Ocean. The rescuers rescued the sailors who had been stranded about 2000 miles from Cape Horn following the destruction of her boat.

Her boat had been heading to Punta Arenas in the southern part of Chile. Tian Fu, the Hong-Kong flagged was to dock on 12th December. The 29-year-old woman had been knocked unconscious for a brief period of time as the mountainous seas had upended the yacht tearing off the mast and trashed most of her equipment.

The Golden Globe Race comprises of a 30,000 mile solo around the world in yachts which are similar to the ones used 50 years ago in the first race without any modern equipment being allowed other than the communications equipment. Goodall holds the 4th position in this Golden Globe Race when 69mph winds and the fierce sea damaged her DHL Starlight, the Rustler 36 yacht.

A distressed signal had been picked up for the first time by the coastguard of Falmouth. They had alerted the race control along with Chilean authorities of search and rescue who are responsible for this Pacific sector. The people in-charge got in touch with a ship that was about 480 miles southwest of the position of Goodall and was for helping them out.

The Tian Fu was alongside the stricken yacht before she was taken off. However, the rescue wasn’t that easy. Goodall is the only female and the youngest sailor who has taken part in the non-stop race of yacht. The race started on 1dt July and it was expected to take around 9 months. In the previous race of 1968, the only person to finish was Sir Robin Knox Johnston.

Changes In Ocean Race Ownership

The Volvo Ocean Race in 2018 had started in the early summer months and spanned a race course of 45000 miles in total. The last mile had seen three teams in a close contest and the final length or sprint to Hague had been one of the closest finishes that the race had seen in its history spanning 45 years. The first two teams had a mere time span of 16 minutes when they completed the 126 days of this highly acclaimed world race.

As a result, many are still talking about it and it is definitely one of the most talked about races with the world’s best sailors participating. It was also the 13th edition that came to an end with several changes that were announced for the forthcoming editions.

For instance, Volvo has been the owner of this race for 20 years and the 13th edition announced itself to be the end of that ownership. There is also talk of involving 60 footer vessels as are used in the Grand Prix races. Though these are primarily used for short-handed racing, it might become a reality for this race soon. With the World Sailing Show in Paris, the changes for this race became more evident.

At the show in Paris, IMOCA joined forces with the Ocean Race as it is now known, Volvo having withdrawn their ownership from this race. The next edition is being planned now for October 2021 with IMOCA as part of the management. December 11th was when the general assembly of IMOCA was held when they passed a newly written version of Class Rule. This would be applicable for full crewed events like the Ocean Race as well as defined the several characteristics of the yachts that would compete in the upcoming race in 2021.