Interesting. Many years ago, sailing off the Seashore State Park beach in the Norfolk, Virginia area, I had a similar encounter. I was sailing an 8' Phil Bolger designed "Nymph" and a VERY big dolphin jumped out of the water across my bow and I nailed him right in mid-flight.
It was a 350lb fish
vs a 83lb boat, but that pram bow on the Nymph had a double oak gunwale and a few layers of FB cloth over the Luan plywood
and there was zero damage. It was over in an instant. I crashed into him (her?), slid forward into the mast
, he disappeared, the boat gathered itself and began sailing again. Not me. It scared the hell out of me. I drove that little boat towards the beach, right up to where the leeboard popped out, pushed the whole rig onto the beach and spent the remainder of the afternoon soaking up the sun.
If that fish
had hit me amidships, it would have been a different story.
I now own a M-23 cutter
, but have recently dusted off that little boat and started sailing it again. I am convinced that the amount of fun one has on a boat is inversely proportional to the size of the boat. That formula holds up well until it starts to _______ (fill in the blank) or you need to use the toilet........
Montgomery M-23 cutter
out of Port Kinsale, VA