As time permits, I plan to start sharing significant sailing news here on the Tahina site. This will be an infrequent occurrence, but I hope will prove interesting to those of you who are regular readers at least. Here are some recent news items of interest:
Whale Hits Sailboat
A sailboat in Cape Town, South Africa was observing whales when one breached several times in a row. Unfortunately, the whale’s last jump ended right on top of their boat! Fortunately, no one was hurt seriously – except the boat which was dismasted and basically destroyed. The boat did make it to safely to shore though. And the whale, while stunned momentarily, did not seem signficantly harmed. A nearby boat captured this amazing shot of the whale just before it hit the boat, followed by what the boat looked like afterwards. There is also a short, but not very stable, video clip from another boat which was just posted this weekend.
s/v Anna Capsized
We just got word yesterday that a 57 foot american-flagged catamaran called “Anna” was capsized (or “turtled”) west of Niue a couple of days ago. The New Zealand search and rescue (see details they’ve released) flew a plane over and confirmed the two crewmembers were still safely with the inverted boat and diverted a cargo vessel to their position. The cargo vessel successfully rescued the two crew a few hours later. There were stormy seas when it happened, but I’m am very curious to know more details. It should have taken extremely unusual circumstances for such a large catamaran to capsize. Normally it would require a freak wave, hurricane force winds, and/or unusual boat handling, to cause a cruising catamaran to capsize. Especially a boat this large. It may be the boat had unusual design characteristics or was somehow structurally damaged before the incident.