British round-the-world sailor being rescued after losing mast

London: A British woman sailing solo in a round-the-world race is being rescued after losing her mast and being knocked unconscious in a vicious storm in the Southern Ocean.

Golden Globe Race officials said on the race website on Thursday that they had been in regular radio contact with Susie Goodall since she regained consciousness.

Susie Goodall is awaiting rescue in the Southern Ocean after a storm dismasted her yacht. Credit:Golden Globe Race

Goodall, 29, is said to be "safe and secure" after losing her mast in the Southern Ocean, 3200 kilometres west of Cape Horn near the southern tip of South America.

Chilean authorities have directed the MV Tian Fu to rescue her. The carrier is expected to reach Goodall on Friday.

Goodall was the youngest entrant and the sole female in the demanding race. Her entry on the race website says she started sailing at the age of three and has crossed the Atlantic Ocean while sailing alone.

Her text messages to race officials chronicled the disaster that disabled her boat.

On Wednesday at 0829 GMT she texted: "Taking a hammering! Wondering what on earth I'm doing out here" and sent her position.

Four hours later, she said: "Dismasted. Hull OK. No form of jury rig. Total loss" and updated her position.

Next came this: "Interior total wreck. Liferaft OK."

Then came word of her injury: "Nasty head bang as boat pitchpoled. Unbelievably roly now."

And a minute later: "Totally & utterly gutted!"

The competition began on July 1 in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France, with 18 skippers each planning to sail about 48,280 kilometres alone, nonstop and without outside assistance before returning to the same French port.

Some modern technology, including the use of satellite navigation aids, were banned as race officials tried to recreate conditions used in the first Golden Globe Race in 1968.

In September,  a French Fisheries patrol vessel rescued injured Indian solo sailor Abhilash Tomy, who was stranded 3000 kilometres off the West Australian coast during the Golden Globe Race.

Tomy's yacht, Thuriya, was demasted after it rolled in high seas.

AP with smh.com.au

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