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Old 20-07-2010, 17:09   #1
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Whale Lands on Yacht

I was searching for Barens Seatrader yachts today (as that is what I have) and I found one in South Africa today. I emailed the guy for more photos, and this is what he sent me.
The whale jumped out of the water and landed on his 32 foot steel sloop! He and his girlfriend are ok, but the boat took some damage.
For the newspaper article, see here: News - General: Whale lands on yacht*(Page 1 of 2)

This is not a joke, this really happened. The mast and rigging are toast, the hard dodger is toast and the stanchions need replacing. It looks like his solar panels are in the water too. He's devastated, as his boat is precious to him. Thanks to the steel hull the boat didn't sink.
Just thought I'd share.

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Old 20-07-2010, 17:32   #2
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holy sh***! Thanks for sharing this. Another plus for steelies? But that poor whale!
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Woops he was in the wrong spot!
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The British newspaper the Telegraph has just poste the story too. Here's a link to the website: Forty-ton whale lands on yacht during Cape Town sailing trip - Telegraph
Unbelievable!
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I do not have the reference but same thing happened to a yacht in the Whitsundays area of Australia a few years back. Seem to recall it came over the stern in that case. And from memory it was a GRP yacht and escaped with minor damage and people OK.
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DONT feed the whales!!!
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I do not have the reference but same thing happened to a yacht in the Whitsundays area of Australia a few years back. Seem to recall it came over the stern in that case. And from memory it was a GRP yacht and escaped with minor damage and people OK.
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Whale Leaps On Top Of Yacht
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boat will probably get fined for hurting the whale
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No matter what the whale says?
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hmmm maybe the whales were hungry for boat!
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How come some people can have their cameras for anything?
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Shades of the Essex. Hmmm...
I can almost believe the story, but I can't believe the photograph. There was someone just off their stern ready to take their picture when a whale flops on the boat?

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they don't. they have photoshop...
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You'd think they'd pick on a Japanese boat.
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