The Golden Globe Race, a non-stop, 30,000-mile solo race around the planet, is one of the toughest sailing challenges in the world.
At age 29, Susie Goodall was this year’s youngest participant and the only woman in the field of 18 sailors. Goodall was well on her way to completing the race, but last Wednesday her boat pitchpoled and rolled so violently in the South Pacific that it dismasted her boat and temporarily knocked Goodall unconscious.
On Friday, she was picked up by a cargo ship that was diverted to rescue her. Her boat was taking on water and is assumed to have sunk. Goodall was the eleventh participant to be forced out of the competition. You can read more about it in this NPR report.