...posted on another forum Sailboat hits whale in Artemis Transat! WHALE PROOF BOAT? The Open 60 sailboat Foncia hit a whale while sailing in the Artemis Transat. It severely damaged his daggerboard (see photo here: http://yachtpals.com/artemis-whale) Has anybody else hit a whale, and caused damage to a boat? Anyway we can design to make a boat "whale proof?" I'm sure Michel Desjoyeaux on Foncia, would have loved that added design feature. ...just saw this posting related to the subject...so now we have to worry about a lot of other collisions other than the huge rise in containers floating out there Sharks And Whales;excerpts from Elaine Bunting's blog: Talk about tales of the unexpected. Vincent Riou, who was rescued from his Open 60 PRB yesterday in the North Atlantic after the keel was badly damaged, says he collided with a basking shark and cut it in two. "I saw two portions emerge at the back of the boat," Riou commented, with forensic accuracy. I find myself craving more information. Did he cut in half crossways or lengthwise? What did the 'portions' look like? These boats are so fast they are increasingly sneaking up unawares on whales and sharks - there have been four collisions and at least 10 other whale sightings on the Artemis Transat. But that's not quite as amazing as the leading edge of a canting keel chopping a 40ft shark in half. You can't class these incidents as normal marine collisions any more; this is roadkill. A comment from Ginny Jones about the Transat: 'The thought that an Open 60's keel cut a basking shark in half is truly tragic. They are the world's most gentle sharks -- you see them all along the west coast of Ireland and up in the Outer and Inner Hebrides, and the Scottish west coast. They are lazy, slow moving, and they just, well, they just bask on the surface. They are also endangered to a certain extent because they are so slow and lazy thus at risk from shipping. They are really interesting to see at sea, and pose little threat to anyone. 'I really, really hope that it wasn't a basking shark (and I'd be surprised if one was 40 feet) although I wouldn't want it to be a whale or any other marine creature either.' Well, I agree with that. Hitting any marine mammal is not something any sailor wants to do either, and I don't mean for practical reasons, though that, too. But what to do?