07/01/2018, 10:00 AM CEST

Susie Goodall sets off on her solo voyage around the world as the 2018 Golden Globe Race begins in Les Sables d'Olonne, France

Their 48,000 km voyage will traverse the three Great Capes before returning to Les Sables d'Olonne in 2019.

Once the race is underway, DHL's support will continue for example through the DHL radio network.

  • DHL Express, Susie's Founding and Official Logistics Partner, will continue to provide support on her journey
  • DHL Express CEO Ken Allen: "The qualities she'll need to take on this incredible challenge mirror the values we all share at DHL Express."

Les Sables-d'Olonne - After years of preparation, Susie Goodall embarks on her non-stop solo voyage around the world as the Golden Globe Race 2018 officially begins today. She is the only female and the youngest competitor amongst 19 sailors attempting to complete the journey without any outside assistance or modern equipment, recreating the conditions of the original race won by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in 1969. DHL Express has been proud to provide logistics support for Susie throughout her preparations, including rebuilding the engine and bringing items such as solar panels and watertight doors from around the world to refurbish the vessel. They even launched a competition to choose a new name for the boat - now called DHL Starlight - that will be her home for the best part of a year.

"It's a great feeling to have helped deliver Susie to the start line. We'll all watch on with an immense amount of pride when she sets sail on July 1st. But the fact that she'll complete the race around the time of our 50th anniversary makes it even more special for everyone at DHL," said Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express. "This has been her dream from a young age and her determination and perseverance to make it a reality are truly inspiring. The qualities she'll need to take on this incredible challenge mirror the values we all share at DHL Express. She'll need speed to win the race. She'll need a can-do spirit in the face of adversity. She'll need to get things right first time. And she'll need passion to keep going when the chips are down. She may be sailing on her own, but 100,000 DHL Express employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide are behind her all the way."

Once the race is underway, DHL's support will continue for example through the DHL radio network. From stations in multiple continents, DHL will contact Susie by SSB radio to keep her updated with world events, as well as exchanging messages between her and her family and friends.

"In some ways, it's a relief to be finally starting the race," said Susie. "It's taken a lot of hard work and preparation just to reach this position, and I could not have done it without the support of DHL. 300 days is a long time to be alone, however knowing that DHL's 100,000 employees are supporting me is a massive help, making me feel connected to the rest of the world even in the middle of the ocean. It's something only a company with truly global reach can achieve."

Susie and her fellow competitors set sail from Les Sables d'Olonne, France today. Their 48,000 km voyage will traverse the three Great Capes before returning to Les Sables d'Olonne in 2019.

To keep up to date with Susie's journey, visit discover.dhl.com

Claus Korfmacher

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