Golden Globe Race: Event founder defends race after Susie Goodall’s rescue

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The founder of the Golden Globe Race has defended the event after British yachtswoman Susie Goodall was rescued from her capsized boat.

Goodall lost her mast after her boat went end-over-end in the non-stop solo round-the-world race and was rescued by a 40,000-tonne cargo ship on Friday.

Founder Don McIntyre said GGR sailors “control their own destiny”.

“The master of any vessel at any time can return to any port and give up on any voyage,” he said.

During this year’s GGR – which started in July – five boats have suffered broken masts and there have been three rescues, including Goodall’s, have taken place.

McIntyre revealed that Sir Robin Knox Johnston, the first person to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in 1968, is undertaking a “comprehensive investigation” into the events of the race.

Writing on the GGR website