Donnybrook makes the news


Super Anarchist
New Scotland
The skipper of a sailboat that struck a whale off the coast of Nova Scotia says the vessel hit the behemoth with such force that the crew thought they had run aground.

Skipper James Muldoon and his crew were taking part in the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race, a biennial, 670-kilometre race from Massachusetts to Halifax.

Muldoon said his 24-metre yacht, Donnybrook, was cruising at 12 knots in the middle of the night. The impact stopped the yacht dead in the water.

“I was tossed out of bed, and everybody woke up, believe me,” he said.

The crew immediately started bringing out life rafts, thinking they had run aground.

“They noted the position, they got ready to get on the radio in case we had a need. We had everybody pulling up the floorboards to see if we were taking on water,” said Muldoon.

“About the time that we were trying to figure out what happened, a whale's tail, or fin, came up next to the boat and put its tail up in the air and flapped it a couple times and swam off," he said.

Muldoon said it was too dark to have spotted or avoided the whale.

He said it was a large whale, but the crew couldn't identify the species.

The collision delayed the boat for half an hour.

Muldoon says divers later found blubber on the sailboat’s cracked keel.

The boat is now in Rhode Island for repairs.

The Donnybrook finished the Marblehead race, taking second place.

It's not clear what happened to the whale.

The Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race began in 1905 and runs every two years. More that 100 yachts participate in the 670-kilometre race across five different divisions that runs from Marblehead harbour, Mass., northeast to Halifax.

I'm frankly surprised that more people weren't seriously hurt.


left hook

Super Anarchist
So? Whales are out there, they're hard and they sleep below the surface.

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Super Anarchist
A buddy was on watch and said he got tossed over the pedestal and almost went down the companionway...12-0 instantly when you don't expect it can be pretty freakin' rough!


Merit 25

Super Anarchist
Donnybroke? What are the chances?

They seem to be entered in the EYC to Solomons race this friday? Are they still stuck in RI or did they make it back already?



The skipper and crew should be committed to racing on Lake Garda in Optis exclusively for their act of violence against whales.



Super Anarchist
Kent Island!
We took some of their crew home once and after hearing what the race was like on our ancient 6KSB, they said it sounded WAY more fun than they had.

Also beat them every now and then ages ago racing in A-0 on corrected time. They used to finish - wind dies - they win or finish - wind does not die - someone corrects over them.;

They sure seem to have a knack for hitting stuff.
Sometimes stuff hits the boat. Like the fingers of crew.

Search the forums for the boat name and owner. Entertaining stuff
I sailed on his (previous) boat.


That was enough.

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