Three thousand miles west of Cape Horn, in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica orbits, a 29-year-old woman who has wondered, "What am I doing here on earth?"
This desperate question was in a text that sounded on Wednesday . Susie Goodall encountered a storm that brought 60-knot winds that destroyed her mast and ended her 35-foot Rustler cruise yacht. She was searching for a circumnavigation of the globe on day 157 when the yacht began to flip somersaults, blow up the contents of the boat, and knock them unconscious for a short time.
Now the solo sailor lies on the high seas, the next rescue ship at least two days away.
The native Falmouth in southwest England was the youngest and only female competitor in a global sailing competition known as the Golden Golden 2018 Globe Race, with his blond hair and light blue eyes. The competition started in July at Les Sables-d & # 39; Olonne, a seaside town in western France.
The 30,000-mile route winds its way east along the Atlantic Ocean passing through the South African Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin in Australia and Chilean Cape Horn before heading back up the Atlantic to the French coast. Eighteen people traveled from 13 different countries, including the United States, Estonia and India.
Goodall was in fourth place in the competition, reminiscent of the 1968 Sunday's Golden Globe Race. The original contest, titled " A Journey for the Crazy" from a 2001 Maritime Matchbook, was the first solo nonstop sailing race in the world. Nine men entered. Only one ended. The remainder was either retired or sank were rescued while a suicide had committed.
This year's competition is the 50th anniversary of the original race, inspired by Francis Chichester, the first person to make a single stop around the world in Australia. The century-old Englishman – tall and thin and with thick lenses – was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II when he returned in 1967.
Chichester's adventure aroused great interest as it was said in breathless headlines in The Sunday Times In a year, the newspaper announced that it was sponsoring a contest for what was Chichester's feat "the ultimate challenge to man." As a report on the history of the race described the company, sailing would not be top around the globe.
The race started in 1968 was not without losses. Donald Crowhurst, a British entrepreneur, pretended to sail around the world when he was actually circulating the Atlantic and sending wrong coordinates. "Ultimately, this delusion played a twisted route in his mind, detailing everything in his protocol until he finally slipped over the page in an apparent suicide," tells the racial story of his death in July 1969. The story of In "The Mercy ", a drama from 2017 with Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, dimming and death were portrayed on the big screen.
Only one man was finished: Robin Knox-Johnston. He was knighted for his actions and taken on a 32-foot Ketch twin rig called Suhaili. He reported on the experience in a 1969 memoir "A World of My Own," in which he included excerpts from the journal's journal entries. "Ennui has made a huge impact, part of it is due to the fact that we are much thrown around and I can not hold much," he wrote.
To pay tribute to Knox-Johnston's efforts Participants in the 2018 competition were only allowed to use the Knox-Johnston equipment available in the 1960s, meaning that they would have to fail without satellite navigation aids. The design of their yachts had to be before 1988.
A Challenge That was too tempting to give up for Goodall, for whom sailing is like a second nature.
"My family has always sailed and I grew up with them," she wrote on her racing page. She got her first boat. However, a laser 1 when she was 11 years old sold him to pay for extra training. She moved to the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England to work as a sailing instructor.
When she was 21, she landed her first job on a yacht in Australia. She hopped around a few different boats before coming to Rubicon 3, which offers long voyages in some of the most remote areas of the North Atlantic, including Greenland and the Baltic Sea. Her last two years on board were as a skipper.
Meanwhile, she dreamed of more adventurous adventures.
"When I was little, I heard about these people who sailed around the world just for fun. I knew I wanted to do that someday," she wrote. "When I first heard that there would be a repeat of the Golden Globe Race, I was determined to be on that starting line."
In August she crossed the Canary Islands. In September, she rounded the Cape of Good Hope. Then it went on through the Indian Ocean. She fed on tiny glasses of French food and drank juice drinks.
When she drove past Tasmania off the south coast of Australia, Goodall made a short video in late October, saying she had just gone through a "brutal" weather spell. "I will do my best to avoid such a storm again," she vowed.
She used milder weather and planned to free barnacles from her boat and fix her wind vane, she said. "It's a real boat now because it's leaking," she quipped.
Her favorite device on board was a portable tape recorder, she said. "I had the whole evening – actually the whole day," she said.
Most of the time she missed fresh food and the ability to walk, and said her legs had thinned. She tried to find words to describe that "I've never sailed around the world, so I did not really know what to expect," she said.
After surviving the first storm in the Southern Ocean, Goodall hopes for smooth seas She would not have been as lucky as she learned when she approached the southern tip of South America.
In a text message to the race director on Wednesday at 8:29 am she wrote that her yacht was "a HAMMERING!". She then asked her why she had decided to sail to the edge of the earth.
Two and a half hours later, Falmouth Coastguard received an emergency signal from her boat and alerted Chiles Maritime Search to the control of the race and rescue responsible for the area, an update from the sailor came just over an hour later.
"TOTAL LOSS," she wrote, explaining that no repair or "JURY RIG" would fix the problem. When the ship filled with water, she thought she had poked a hole in the hull. The hull of the boat, however, remained intact.
"The fuselage is fine," she said when the race's headquarters arrived on an emergency satellite phone. "The boat is destroyed. I can not do a jury The only thing left is hull and deck, which remain intact.
By now, she had a "bad head butt" and, having regained consciousness, had to spend hours removing debris to avoid additional damage. She also reported that she had been "beaten up and badly injured."
"The hull of the boat is unmatched and Susie is safe," according to Susie Goodall Racing.
"CLINGING IN MY BUNK," she added in a series of tweets starting with "73" to start their race number. However, on Thursday morning she had come to find at least some humor in her situation, or at least a place for prosaic concerns. She longed for a cup of tea.
The race officials said there are limited options to help Goodall. Her next competitor, Ukrainian Uku Randmaa, was 400 miles ahead of her and was about to face the same conditions. "Therefore, it is impractical for him to turn around." Istvan Kopar, an American-Hungarian sailor, was 780 miles west and would take six days to reach them. The Chilean authorities were finally able to contact a ship 480 miles southwest of Goodall's position. The captain expects to reach her in about two days.
When the storm moved east, Goodall said she did not need any immediate help. The winds had dropped to 45 knots, representatives of the race said.
Goodall spoke with emotion but complained, according to headquarters.
In October, after the first bout of terrible weather asked if the sea was a friend or not an enemy, she replied: "The sea is a friend who turns me on now and then."