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Holy Crap! Them whales are getting too big for their britches I say! A couple more rammings and I say bring back whaling! After all, you never hear of a whale sinking a Japanese boat. But seriously, We are good friends with the owners of the other J from Marina Village, and not reading a boat name in the original message had me worried for our friends safety.
I’ve been told that Orcas are predators of baleen whale calves and adult baleens will “go medieval” when they see one or think they see one. That sailboats have fin keels and are pretty silent doesn’t help our cause much either. After being hunted almost to extinction, you would have thought that whales would have developed a defense mechanism and avoid all boats, both power and sail. I myself have had a couple of close encounters with them. When I did the PacCup, my nagging fear late at night was not hitting a submerged shipping container but rather a whale. Smelling whale breath on the mid watch is not a comfortable feeling. Fortunately, both shipping containers and whale strikes are exceedingly rare.
Ocean racers know the risks and dangers of sailing out there and I can assure you they are collectively thinking “there for the grace of god, go I” and are not making fun of that hapless crew whose fate could have ended much more tragically
Last edited by GeorgeB; 10-29-2009 at 05:02 PM.