Golden Globe Race competitor Susie Goodall introduces ‘DHL Starlight’ at London Boat Show

Golden Globe Race competitor Susie Goodall introduces ‘DHL Starlight’ at London Boat Show
– Global logistics leader provides logistics support for refurbishment of Rustler 36 boat ahead of official launch in London
– DHL Express CEO Ken Allen: “90,000 DHL Express employees worldwide taking inspiration from Susie and her incredible determination.”

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Susie Goodall and Ken Allen christen ‘DHL Starlight’ at the 2018 London Boat Show copyright  DHL/Maverick
Susie Goodall Racing
London, UK, 10 January, 2018: Susie Goodall has introduced her newly refurbished boat ahead of her participation in the historic Golden Globe Race 2018. ‘DHL Starlight’ – named in a global competition organized by DHL, the Official Logistics Partner of Susie Goodall Racing – was brought to the ExCeL exhibition center in the UK capital to be officially launched at the London Boat Show. DHL Express has provided logistics support throughout the refurbishment process, bringing items such as solar panels and watertight doors from around the world to Falmouth, Cornwall. Susie Goodall is one of the youngest skippers, and the only female, to be competing in the Golden Globe Race, which will see thirty sailors embark on a 48,000 km non- stop circumnavigation of the world’s oceans without any outside assistance.

90,000 DHL Express employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide are taking inspiration from Susie and her incredible determination to succeed,” said Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express. “She has already motivated our employees by sharing her story and insights into the values that drive her at workshops and conferences for our team around the world. We also had a great response to a competition for customers and employees to name the boat that Susie will guide unaided around the world. As a result, the winning name of DHL Starlight will ensure that we retain a connection with her throughout her journey, day and night, In 1969, DHL was founded and man landed on the moon. By 2019, as the Golden Globe Race comes to an end, we look forward to helping this inspirational young woman to reach for the stars.”

Susie Goodall said: “Preparation is crucial in sailing, and today marks another important milestone in my preparation for the Golden Globe Race. 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. Having DHL Express – experts in the preparation and execution of complex transportation moves to and from virtually any land location in the world – on board as logistics partners gives me all the support and peace of mind I need to focus on the mission that lies ahead at sea.

The 2018 Golden Globe Race will recreate the historic 1968/69 Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race, in which Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world. Fifty years on, the participants will be expected to sail similar yachts and equipment to what was available in the same race. They will set sail from Les Sables d’Olonne, France on July 1, 2018 and traverse the five Great Capes without any modern technology or satellite-based navigation aids before returning to Les Sables d’Olonne again in 2019.

Photograph 1: Susie Goodall and Ken Allen christen ‘DHL Starlight’ at the 2018 London Boat Show copyright  DHL/Maverick
Photograph 2: Susie Goodall and Ken Allen are proud to launch Susie’s Rustler 36, ‘DHL Starlight’, at the London Boat Show copyright  DHL/Maverick
Photograph 3:  Susie Goodall copyright  DHL/Maverick

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About Susie Goodall Racing
British born Susie Goodall is the only female competitor participating in the 2018 Golden Globe Race – a solo, non-stop round-the-world yacht race. She is also one of the youngest, aged 28, alongside Roy Hubbard (USA).

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About The Golden Globe Race
Like the original Sunday Times event back in 1968/9, the 2018 Golden Globe Race is very simple. Depart Les Sables’ d’Olonne, France on July 1st 2018 and sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the five Great Capes and return to Les Sables d’Olonne. Sailors entered in this race will spend around 300 days at sea.

Entrants are limited to use the same type of yachts and equipment that were available to Robin Knox-Johnston in that first race. That means sailing without modern technology or benefit of satellite based navigation aids. Competitors must sail in production boats between 32ft and 36ft overall designed prior to 1988 and having a full-length keel with rudder attached to their trailing edge. These yachts will be heavily built, strong and steady, similar in concept to Robin’s 32ft vessel Suhaili.

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The Race in Numbers:
30 competitors
30,000 miles
300 days at sea
Sir Robin completed his voyage in 312 days. The winning yacht in this race can be expected to complete the same distance in 260 days
The youngest skippers are 28 (Susie Goodall and Roy Hubbard)
The oldest skipper is 72 (Jean-Luc Van Den Heede)
More people have gone into space than have sailed solo around the world