Ahead of the historic 2018 Golden Globe Race, 28-year-old British sailor Susie Goodall has introduced her newly refurbished boat—the “DHL Starlight.” Goodall, currently the only female competitor participating in the solo, non-stop 48,000 km yacht race around the world, will compete without the use of any outside or modern technological assistance.

Goodall, who began sailing aged 3 and has undertaken sailing expedition work from Greenland to the Caribbean, will spend nine months alone at sea in this race.

The 2018 Golden Globe Race will recreate the historic 1968/69 Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race, in which English sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first solo circumnavigation of the world. Now, 50 years on, Goodall and 29 other sailors will attempt the same feat in the similar conditions of Knox-Johnston as they set sail July 1, 2018 from Les Sables d’Olonne, France.

Participants must, as per race rules, compete in a boat designed before 1988.

Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express, and Susie Goodall with the 'DHL Starlight' at the London Boat Show.

“Preparation is crucial in sailing,” Goodall said. “DHL Starlight has undergone extensive refurbishment over five months, including making it watertight and ready for the uncompromising winds and waves of the Southern Ocean, with new skin fittings, a new engine, a collision bulkhead and another watertight bulkhead.”

Expected to end in 2019, Golden Globe Race competitors will traverse across the five Great Capes without use of modern technology and navigation aids like autopilot or GPS before returning again to Les Sables d’Olonne.

DHL Express, the Founding and Official Logistics Partner of Susie Goodall Racing, provided logistics support throughout Goodall’s boat refurbishment process, bringing items such as solar panels and watertight doors from around the world to Falmouth, Cornwall. They will also provide assistance with any contingencies that may arise during the race.—  Tim Runge

Published: January 2018

Images: Susie Goodall/DHL