sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Wild Rose hits whale on return from Southport

Wild Rose hits whale on return from Southport

'WILD ROSE'    © Andrea Francolini / Audi

One of the things that many racing crew love about sailing is that we rarely run out of new experiences – even those who have been racing around the eastern Australian coast for more years than they would possibly like to admit.

After more than 50 years of ocean racing, Roger Hickman and his delivery crew onboard Wild Rose hit a whale for his first time on their journey home from the recent Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.

'We were about 15 miles offshore,' said Hickman. 'But the shock to the boat was as if we ran aground. Even though I knew it was highly unlikely, the thought that we’d hit the bricks or another boat definitely went through my mind.'

The other off-watch crew reported that Hickman shot out of his bunk after the first blow only to be knocked to the floor when the 1985 Bob Oatley commissioned ‘Wild Oats’ hit the whale for a second time. Built by McConaghy, the old Oats definitely proved to be strong.

'The boys on deck had just pointed out a seal off the bow and were commenting that it was unusual to see one at 29 degrees latitude. Next thing they knew, there were two quick blows to the boat and they turned behind to see a 20 odd foot calf flap its tail as it was spat out the back.'

'The CYCA (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia) safety briefing before the race warned all of the fleet that there were a lot of whales out there this season,' he said. 'We’d certainly seen our fair share of them breaching spectacularly during the race and on the way back home. However hitting one while under motor certainly questions the theory that they can hear that we are sharing their waterway.'

On arriving back at the CYCA, diver Hayden was doing his rounds and jumped in to check out whether there was any damage to the boat. He reported some slight damage to the keel as well as questionable paintwork around the rudder. From the damage it appears that the whale struck the boat high up on the keel and touched the hull.

Overall the boat, and hopefully the whale, survived to tell another story for another day. All crew safely back in the bar felt very sorry for the whale.

Wild Rose at Southport Yacht Club 2011 - Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race -  Peter Warren  




by Jenifer Wells

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=86980

10:46 AM Mon 8 Aug 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




















































Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuous close racing
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   
Clipper Race - Californian crew member continues fundraising journey   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 2 images by Jude Robertson   
Les Voiles de St Barth - Images by Christophe Jouany   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet sets sail in race 11   
Congressional Cup - Canfield and Team US One best star-studded field   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 11 to get underway to Panama   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Rolex China Sea Race - Hi Fi collects the coveted IRC Overall title   
Rolex China Sea Race - First arrivals in Subic Bay   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - a sniff of a hat-trick for Neil Pryde   
America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Switzerland drops trou for charity   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - 27th edition underway   
Rolex China Sea Race - Ragamuffin 90 claims line honours victory   
Saturday June 21st will feature the 39th One More time Regatta   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL WAS US