link?A sailboat hit a wbale in the Pacific and quickly sank.
There is a long stories about the event, sounds like a big hull failure.
Anyone know what kind of boat it was?
Well, he said that there was a big hole around the prop shaft. I guess the prop hit the whale's spine, which is stronger than the hull, and the stainless prop shaft wrecked out a big hole around itself.Im not doubting that it could happen, but how does that happen? I cant see a whale somehow cracking a hole in the hull. Maybe it tried to surface while under the boat and held it in a capsized position for a period of time. I hope there is more follow up from the crew.
Article says " At one point in the account below, a crew member is quoted as saying, “We hit a whale,” but the damage was at the rudder area of the boat,..."
Valuable lessons learned about cruising.Here’s one on Substack:
Whale Sinks YouTube Sailors Mid-Pacific. (Unauthorized) Starlink to the RescueFacebook, WhatsApp Used To Coordinate After EPIRB Failureloosecannon.substack.com
I'm not sure why you're asking me this Zee. I didn't suggest they did anything wrong, or that I would do anything different. I just noted that, looking at the boat, losing the pro shaft from a whale strike looks difficult to achieve.what more did you want them to do from in a life raft towing a dinghy. iridium go batteries were low enough to concern the crew with signal intensity and they could only send position every couple hours. what were you looking for them to have done??
the better question, mike, is what would YOU have done??
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"They were more than 2000nm away, that's where. They made some calls and a cargo ship did divert toward the scene, but there were at least a dozen private yachts closer than that ship and one of them arrived first and scooped the Raindancer crew from their liferaft. The land based resources alerted by the EPIRB were helpful in notifying the family and coordinating communications to some extent, but what else do you expect from them?"