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Old 10-20-2007, 10:22 PM
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Actual distress call from a sinking sailboat...

http://www.cruisingworld.com/1107message#

Amazing how calm he sounded. He also called his son, who was on a plane. The son managed to get the pilot to radio the call to the controll tower.

SAT phone's, GPS, and an EPIRB are worth their weight in gold.

She was two days out of Hawaii bound for San Francisco when she hit a sperm whale which opened up a 2X3 hole in the port side about 1/3 of the way back.

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Old 10-20-2007, 10:53 PM
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I would expect calm in that situation - anything but calm would be completely useless. Neat link.
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Old 10-20-2007, 10:56 PM
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If you lose your head you die. They kept thinking and made a bunch of right moves, as a result they were rescued before dark.
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Neat link - Thanks

I would expect calm as well. Mainly, because he’s moving at probably <3 knots, has a good radio/Sat-Phone, GPS, EPIRB, a life raft and time to deploy it. That, and he is only two days by sail out of Hawaii.

IMHO - Nothing amazing about it.

Like you said – He was picked up by nightfall.

What’s to panic and loose your head over?


(I like the "...hit by a whale..." part.... Who hit who here?)
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(I like the "...hit by a whale..." part.... Who hit who here?)
No, the more important question is "Who had right of way there?". Look at the bow light. One side is red and the other is green. Did the whale hit on the green side or the red side.
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In my (admittedly limited) experience, a large minority of people totally freak-f**king-out when they are in a perilous situation. I don't think you can predict who will, and who wont, except by stressing folks out. And that's what a significant portion of training is about -- find the ones who freak-out early and concentrate on them. The rest do pretty well with-or-without training.

A good friend of mine went through flight training in the Navy. In Pensacola his instructor sat behind him in an old trainer practicing take-offs and landings. The trainer, quirt in-hand, would ask my pal technical questions about the aircraft as my trainee friend was talking to the tower and conducting the procedures. Every so often he'd tap my pal on the helmet with the quirt and say, "Pay attention to what you're doing." That trainer must've had steel balls.

Like my ol' Dad used to say of people, "When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout."
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Well...Ya gatta good piont there, Aklim....

If the whale hit the green side of the boat and winds were off the whales starboard fin...the whale very well could have had the right of way....

I wonder if whales carry a protest flag…..
DQ the boat !!!
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[QUOTE=Botnst;1652710]In my (admittedly limited) experience, a large minority of people totally freak-f**king-out when they are in a perilous situation.

Yep - Many do. We've been around quite a few. It sucks.
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I'm thinking this guy knew he was far from a "perilous situation".
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Well if you have to chose when to sink its a good place and way to do it.

According the the artical in the magizine they beleive the whale was a male and rammed the boat. They were passing several females, and since whales can't see very well it thought the boat was a male trying to get in on the action.
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According the the artical in the magizine they beleive the whale was a male and rammed the boat. They were passing several females, and since whales can't see very well it thought the boat was a male trying to get in on the action.
I believe that, for sure.

I crewed on C. Jordan’s “Paragon” in two of the mid 70’s TransPac races (Class B) before my folks bought the boat in ‘79. (After that, it was simple island sailing.)
I remember the pre-race lectures we’d sit in on for the last two or three days prior to the race. Numerous times, they would mention the dangers of sailing amongst breading whales.
They referenced quite a few boats being rammed by whales.
Spooky stuff.


(And just for grins: MPI/Pac-5 Rules!! Punahou Sucks !! )

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