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I was on the 3 am to 7 am watch, years ago, on the way back from Hawaii. My watchmate was below making coffee or sleeping or something, I was all alone. It was warm, we were about 700 miles NNE of Hawaii, heading around the Pacific High before turning for Portland. About 5 am or so, there was some light, I was sitting there with my hand on the tiller, no autopilot, with my back to the port rail, on a starboard tack. I was so relaxed and peaceful and content and happy. All of a sudden there was an enormous wooooosssshhhing sound, so loud and close and, well, very scary, as there was nothing behind me except empty ocean, eh? I teleported across the cockpit, across the boat to the safety of the starboard rail, in less than a nanosecond. Looking back, there was nothing but empty ocean, no giant sea monster, no tentacles, no teeth. I carefully came back and looked down and found myself staring right straight down into a really really stinky blow hole. The whale was about the same size as the boat, maybe 35 feet long or so, and was just holding place with his blow hole very very close to where I had been sitting, maybe just 4 or 5 feet away. After a couple of more heartbeats and breaths he flipped his tail gently, accelerated a bit, and dove and was gone.
My heart skipped a beat just reading that!
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Lat38 got the facts entirely wrong in their initial reporting, as well -- but at least they were authoritatively wrong. Not just a bunch of uninformed buffoons speculating w/out firsthand knowledge. No, they were highly-informed buffoons! Speculating. Without firsthand knowledge. "There were three whales! No, two! No, it was the action of a single whale, killed by police. No, he's still alive! He flew away in a balloon. No wait -- he was never in the
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Has anybody managed to get the whale's side of the story? I sense an opportunity for some hard-hitting journalism. Anderson Cooper should be all over this.
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Not only were they authoritatively wrong in their first stab at the sailboat v. whale story, but they seem to have taken our joking around seriously! We need to be careful in our humor so that nobody else makes the same mistake..... keep it simple, use small words. Maybe use more grins and smiley faces around any joking that could be taken seriously by any magazine editors.
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Methinks yon contributer to L38 has had a humour bypass Smack. What a tosser.

Hey, maybe he/she (?) is one of of the dreaded Scully of StuffUp's disgruntled minions ?
Pretty lame, and the lack of attribution is questionable.

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Ahh yes, we must not let the ignorant masses of sailors express themselves freely. Who knows what foolishness they might utter. Plus, if we hosted the forums, where would we get our material? We might look hypocritical if we excerpted and mocked our own members to fill out our "copy".


P.S. Anyone not quite following this can read here, where Latitude 38 quoted extensively from this Sailnet thread in their report on J-World's lost rudder:

Latitude 38 - The West's Premier Sailing & Marine Magazine

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My heart skipped a beat just reading that!
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Wow. I'm not sure what to say. Those guys are seriously humor challenged.

What a hatchet job!
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No kidding. I should have said something REALLY stupid like...

"Dude, that fish really harshed you. Throw down that whale of a tale on the BFS thread."

Naa.
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Hey Im famous...They quoted my Signiture line......

Even thouth they still cant gather information corectly as they have me attached to someones Else's statement's....what a bunch of buffoons.

Times are tough I realize but jeesh... you think they could hire some collage students at least to proof read and verify information.

What a childish rant..cant believe they printed it.

I guess they think we are all serious 100% of the time around here or something...

Thanks for posting that you made my day.

I better get started on that book..
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