Rob and Frances Lythgoe submitted this great skyline photo. They are a British couple that crossed the Atlantic, sailed throughout the Windward Islands before heading for Bermuda and then the U.S.A.. Rob says “We always like to enter through the ‘front door’ as they say, so made landfall in New York and dropped the hook off Manhattan where we stayed for three nights before moving on. Who says that a great cruising destination shot has to have a palm tree in it?!”
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Unexpected Encounters Part 3
A few weeks ago I put out a call for readers to send in their unexpected encounters or otherwise memorable moments on the water. Here are two stories from Pacific Coast sailors.
Nancy Birnbaum says “We were heading south just offshore of Baja, Mexico. I was on watch, midmorning when I noticed a strange shape on the horizon behind us. I was perplexed and asked Jann (my first mate and husband) to bring the binoculars up and take a look. He couldn’t identify it any more than I could. About 20 minutes later we noticed that it was gaining on us rather quickly. Even with the binoculars, we could not tell what it was. But it was huge! And shaped like a beehive. Eventually, it got pretty close and we could see that, indeed, it was a huge beehive-shaped thing, actually two, on a very large barge, being towed by the biggest tug I’d ever seen! We had to find out what he was towing and hailed him on the VHF. He was happy to talk to us and explained that he was transporting glass fiber optic cable. A continuous cable long enough for an uninterrupted run from Chicago to Texas or something like that! He was taking it through the Canal and all the way around. Wow! Those hives that held the coiled cable were like 3 stories high! Definitely the strangest sight we saw in five years on the water.”
Louis Raphael says this encounter took place more than 40 years ago. “My father and I were sailing between Redondo Beach, CA and Catalina Island in a Cal 20 when nearby a Russian submarine rose to the surface. There is a deep trench which the Russians patrolled sometimes in order to monitor U.S. activity. We took a picture of the sub, which must have experienced some kind of difficulty requiring it to surface. When we arrived back in Redondo Beach, a gentleman approached, asked to see our camera, and then removed the exposed film. They explained that we had not seen a submarine, it was only an illusion.”
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