Buzzed at The Bill

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

At ap­prox­i­mately 0600 hrs last week, while on passage around Port­land Bill bound for Dart­mouth on our Hall­berg-Rassy 342, I spot­ted an ob­ject about 50m to star­board at about mast­head height. It hung in the sky, look­ing rather like a mini space­ship, with two red eyes. It hov­ered in space for about two min­utes, then swooped off. My wife Sue and I gob­s­macked, then I was re­minded of the rather more press­ing en­gage­ment of spot­ting lob­ster pot buoys.

We as­sumed it was a drone. I would be in­ter­ested to hear of any sim­i­lar en­coun­ters of a drone kind by fel­low sailors. I sup­pose it was a drone geek strut­ting his stuff, but could it have been an ob­ser­va­tional drone de­ployed by the coastal watch au­thor­i­ties, or some­thing more sin­is­ter? The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less!

On our re­turn trip a week later we had a much more friendly en­counter with a pod of 10 Dol­phins, which was much more fun. Chris Emery

Sir Robin’s deeds in the South­ern Ocean in­spired Marek to get on with the job The per­fect place for a spot of sun­bathing and, for­tu­nately, down­wind too

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