11/02/2018, 02:30 PM CET

DHL partnered Susie Goodall, the youngest and only female competitor in the Golden Globe Race, arrives into Storm Bay, Australia

After having started the solo, non-stop voyage around the world on July 1st, she has already sailed over 14,500 nautical miles across the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.   

Susie (UK) is the fourth competitor to reach the Tasmanian gate behind Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (FRA), Mark Slats (NED) and Uku Randmaa (EST).

Australia - DHL partnered Susie Goodall (29) arrived into Storm Bay, in her boat "DHL Starlight" at 00:30 local time on Wednesday 31 October. After having started the solo, non-stop voyage around the world on July 1st, she has already sailed over 14,500 nautical miles across the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Susie (UK) is the fourth competitor to reach the Tasmanian gate behind Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (FRA), Mark Slats (NED) and Uku Randmaa (EST). Susie Goodall is the only female and the youngest competitor amongst now 8 sailors attempting to complete the journey without any outside assistance or modern equipment.

Her arrival into the gate comes after a tough couple of weeks which saw Susie survive a horrific storm with 70 knot winds and 13-meter seas. Susie made the decision to head West to avoid the worst which resulted in her passing Cape Leeuwin three times. Susie said that it had been a "horrendous few days" and that they were some of the worst conditions that she had sailed in. She was amazed that the boat didn't roll but suffered several knockdowns.

Ken Allen, CEO DHL Express, said "Although Susie has faced some challenges over the past four months she has continued to show her remarkable strength of character and can-do attitude. She is an inspiration to us all at DHL and we look forward to her return to Les Sables next year. Until then, we'll be keeping an eye on the tracker and thinking of her as she embarks on the next leg of the journey."

Susie was in good spirits at the Storm Bay gate and spent time speaking to the race organizers, media and DHL Express Australia, who were there to greet her.

"It's great to have already made it halfway around the world" said Susie. "I have had a tough few weeks, having been hit by a major storm where my wind vane broke, ensuring I had to hand steer the boat for over ten hours in 13 meter swells. Luckily DHL Starlight has generally been handling really well, bar a few small leaks, especially considering she's already taken me more than 14,000 miles!"

"Next for me is travelling across the Tasman Sea and of course I'm expecting the Pacific Ocean to give me only blue skies and perfect wind conditions," she joked.

DHL have managed to maintain regular contact with Susie during the race via their high frequency radio communications network. With stations in Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina, DHL have and will continue to support Susie during the race.

Gary Edstein, CEO/SVP DHL Express Oceania welcomed Susie at the gate. "It's fantastic that we're able to see Susie in Storm Bay and pass on our best wishes. Everyone at DHL is extremely proud of how she's doing, and we'll continue to follow her journey every step of the way.

Susie will now cross the South Pacific Ocean and round Cape Horn before heading into the Atlantic Ocean and back to Les Sables d'Olonne, France to finish the Golden Global Race, which has its origin in 1968/9 as a Sunday Times event.

Tim Rehkopf

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