Mundesley round-the-world sailor survives close whale encounter
PUBLISHED: 11:25 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 31 October 2017
An intrepid brain injury survivor had a close encounter with a whale while on a Round the World Yacht Race challenge.
David Greer, 65, from Mundesley survived a brain injury in 2012 which left him unable to walk.
He is taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race; an 11 month ocean sailing challenge.
And Mr Greer described the encounter with the whale as one of the highlights of the race.
He said: “There was no time to be frightened.”
“We had to pull together as a team to bring our boat under control.
“We had to bail out the water, undertake a temporary repair to the hole in the boat and to continue bailing water as we returned to port.
“Sadly we didn’t have much time to see if the whale was seriously injured as our focus was on saving ourselves, but we did glimpse it swimming away and believe that it survived.
“Once on dry land, there was a moment of realisation of what a close call we had.”
Mr Greer’s team, PSP Logistics, began the second leg of the race on a high after coming in second to cross the first leg’s finish line.
They left Uruguay for Cape Town on October 4, but just one day into the race, they suffered a disaster, when their boat collided with a Southern Right whale, flooding it, and forcing them to return to Uruguay.
They restarted the race on October 10, and battled through four major storms to reach Cape Town on October 28 - 24 days after they first set out.
The team were awarded the Leg 2 prize for best social spirit, and best on-board photograph.
And once the team arrived at the harbour in Cape Town, they were given the news that their skipper - the only professional sailor on board - had resigned.
The team were given a day off sailing, and on October 30 they practiced with their new skipper.
They will set sail again on October 31, as they take on the third leg of the race, from Cape Town to Fremantle, Australia; a 25-day journey of 4,800 miles.
And when the team arrive, the intrepid survivor will be reunited with his twin brother for the first time in 15 years.
Mr Greer said his highlights of the second leg were surviving to tell the tale of the whale; the exhilaration of riding the storms; and finally seeing Cape Town and Table Mountain come into view after 24 days at sea.