WHALE FALLS ON SAILBOAT: Ouch!

  Cynics at various online forums are insisting this must be a Photoshopped image, but I don't think so. News outlets in South Africa are reporting this as fact: on Sunday a large southern right whale hurled itself on to a 33-foot steel sloop belon...

21st July 2010.
By Charles Doane

 

Whale and boat on Table Bay, South Africa

Cynics at various online forums are insisting this must be a Photoshopped image, but I don’t think so. News outlets in South Africa are reporting this as fact: on Sunday a large southern right whale hurled itself on to a 33-foot steel sloop belonging to Paloma Werner and Ralph Mothes, who run the Cape Town Sailing Academy. This occurred in Table Bay. The whale reportedly was uninjured, but the boat didn’t fare so well.

 

Boat damaged by whale in Table Bay

As you can see here. Lots and lots of damage, but the steel hull is intact. Which, again, is a good argument for sailing a metal boat.

Those of you who sail in Table Bay should take note. The southern right whale, which likes to breed in the area, is reportedly doing very well these days, with its population increasing at close to its maximum reproduction rate. So little incidents like this are more likely to happen in the future.

BoaterMouth link: here

 


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Charles Doane is an editor-at-large for SAIL, where he previously was a senior editor. He also served as managing editor at Offshore and associate editor at Cruising World. Charles has logged more than 40,000 miles as an offshore sailor, including six transatlantic passages and some single-handed passages. His blog posts appear courtesy of his website www.WaveTrain.net.
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