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CD, Brasil One on its qualifying trip from Brasil to Cascais Portugal, hit a sleeping whale at 18 some knots. Off the Portuguese coast some 100 miles
They hauled the boat out of the water, and for a weak boat as a Volvo racer, nothing ever happened, or was damaged. The crew inside suffered injuries due to sudden stop.
I sopke with Torban Grael, the skipper, when they were in Cascais training, and he said the stop was violent, but "softish", I guess. He could not say if whale was killed or not. But must have gotten injured. The boat "rode" over the whale and the keel hit it.