A young British sailor is making her preparations to sail around the world solo and without GPS as part of the Golden Globe Race 2018

British sailor Susie Goodall is preparing to take part in the Golden Globe Race 2018 as one of 30 solo skippers. She is one of three British skippers, one of the youngest – there are three 27-year-olds taking part – and the only female taking part. She will be up against solo and ocean racing veterans including Jean-Luc van den Heede and Eric Loizeau.

The Golden Glove Race 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in which Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first man to sail solo non-stop around the globe. Competitors in the 2018 Race will all be sailing traditional production yachts without the benefit of modern electronic navigation aids. The only communication allowed is via long-range radios, as in 1968. There are four rendezvous gates around the course through which competitors must pass.

Susie Goodall’s campaign recently received a boost with the announcement that global logistics company DHL will be sponsoring her. She said:

‘I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome DHL on board and have the support of a global company with me on this round-the-world race. It’s reassuring knowing you’ve got a safe pair of hands behind you all the way! I’m looking forward to developing an ongoing relationship with DHL and celebrating our achievements upon my return.’

Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express, said: ‘Susie is an inspirational woman and personifies many qualities that have been pivotal to the success of DHL Express on our own global journey. She has an unbridled passion for what she does, she has a desire to continuously conquer new frontiers, and she recognizes that thorough, diligent preparation is the key to great performance.’

Susie Goodall is currently in the Azores, following a shakedown cruise across the Atlantic and back, and will be delivering her Rustler 36 to Falmouth for a complete refit at the end of June.

The Golden Globe Race will start from Plymouth on June 30, 2018 and the winner is expected to complete the 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation in around 260 days.

Before the start, the Golden Globe Race fleet will congregate in Falmouth on June 14, 2018 to salute Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and his yacht Suhaili and mark the 50th anniversary of his departure at the start of his race back in 1968.