Susie Goodall is sailing straight into a cyclone in the Golden Globe Race

Susie Goodall is only woman and United Kingdom representative in the Golden Globe Race. If she is going to to follow in the footsteps of the 1968 Golden Globe winner Sir Robin Knox-Johnston of England, she will have to survive or avoid a 55-70 knot storm she is sailing right into. She is currently in fourth place in the race, having just passed the longitude of Cape Leeuwen in southwestern Australia. She moved up in the rankings in September when the second and third place boats were dismasted in a similar storm, requiring an international rescue.

Golden Globe Race (GGR) headquarters warned her to sail to avoid the eye of the storm. The competitors in the GGR retro race are not allowed to use satellite phones except to communicate to race headquarters. They are not allowed to get weather routing advice, but the GGR race will warn competitors of severe storms. They can get weather forecasts from HAM radio technology available in 1968.

2018 Golden Globe Race - Susie Goodall (GBR)  Rustler 36 DHL Starlight, 5th GGR skipper to pass through the Marina Rubicon 'Gate' off Lanzarote in the Canaries.

2018 Golden Globe Race – Susie Goodall (GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight, 5th GGR skipper to pass through the Marina Rubicon ‘Gate’ off Lanzarote in the Canaries. Photo Credit: Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR

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