Susie Goodall, 27, is one of two female yachtsmen at the 2018 Golden Globe Race who are preparing to put their navigational skills to the test without using GPS technology.
Susie Goodall is the youngest participant in the 2018 Golden Globe Race
The main rule of the classic regatta is the use of only the same type or similar equipment and technology that was available on board the yacht Suhaili by Robin Knox-Johnston in 1968-1969.
Golden Globe Race 2018 kicks off late June next year and will mark the 50th anniversary of the original race 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe, within which yachtsmen will 30,000 miles alone non-stop, and without outside help.
At just 27 years old, the young British woman is full of hopes of becoming the youngest woman to participate in Golden globe race, and with 30 solo skippers follow in the footsteps of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
Susie Goodall, from Bornheight, Worcestershire, spent her childhood sailing with her family and became a sailing instructor by the age of 18. For the past several years she has been part of the crew of a 60ft expeditionary sailing yacht, exploring the waters between Scandinavia, Iceland and the Canary Islands.
During her 2,000-mile qualifying voyage and double solo transatlantic voyage to and from Antigua on her yacht Ariadne to
class Rustler 36, Goodall practiced diligently for the challenges ahead, such as the lack of technology on board.
“I try to get out on the water as much as possible, this is the best workout, but when I'm not on the boat, I try to compensate for that through physical training. But the moral side is a little more difficult, for example, coping with loneliness, but I went through in advance all the possible scenarios that I can face during the race, good and bad, so that I feel more prepared for the upcoming challenge, I also believe that meditation is it's the best way to focus and stay calm. "
V Rustler Yachts in Falmouth, her yacht class Rustler 36 will be completely re-equipped for the solo round the world race and prepared for trials in the southern ocean.
“It has quite a few leaks, which I found on a recent trip across the Atlantic, and there are several modifications to be made in accordance with the rules of the race, and overall to make it more waterproof,” explained Goodall, who received sponsorship to compete in Golden Globe Race 2018 from an international logistics company Dhl.
Explaining why she decided to apply for participation, Susie Goodall stated: “It must be done! It's an incredibly exciting adventure and challenge for me, and when I first heard about it, I knew this was what I had to do. ”
She also added that she is most looking forward to crossing the Southern Ocean, but admitted that this is the stage of the race before which she is "very nervous."
“I've read a lot about the waves and weather conditions of the Southern Ocean, and I think it's time to see them with my own eyes.”
Goodall has some recommendations for young sailors looking to expand their sailing horizons:
"The beauty of sailing is that men and women are more likely to compete on an equal footing, which is great, but it can also be a little intimidating, especially if you're a beginner."
“The most important thing is to enjoy yachting and keep learning. Everyone has different experience and goals, and the opportunities in sailing are so vast that you can always find something new for development. "
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