July 19, 2005

We left at 7:00 AM; Mom and Pop were there to wish us Bon Voyage. Because the trip to Milwaukee was expected to take 20 hours, we loosely followed a four hour on/off watch schedule. We enjoyed hand steering the first few hours...

Some time after midnight, I noticed an object on the radar following a parallel path to us and keeping 2-4 miles off our port beam.

At times it would greatly increase speed and come on a collision course. I took evasive action and tried without luck to raise it on the VHF.

The strange thing was that I could not hear it nor see it in the full moonlight.

After 1/2 hour of dancing around, it disappeared ahead at great speed.