[Log entry] May 5, 105th day
Winds still from the south, Force 4.
And I saw two UFOs shortly after sunset. Since I don't
really believe or disbelieve in such things, I will report without comment.
They appeared at 2330 GMT, my position being approximately 22° 40’ North, 49°
19’ West, as two very bright stars, about twice as bright as Venus, bearing
080 true. I was rowing at the time and almost directly facing them. The UFOs
remained stationary, or very nearly so, for about five minutes at an altitude
of approximately 20 degrees, fairly close together. The only bright star
above them was Arcturus. They could not possibly have been stars, but I may
as well mention it. They moved later toward the west, gaining altitude until
they got about 15 degrees below and to the west of Jupiter, outshining it to
the extent of making Jupiter look like a star of Magnitude plus-8 by
comparison. At that moment a low rain cloud passed, obscuring .every star,
including Jupiter, that was in its way --except the UFOs.
For a while they moved erratically and then went east
again, then lost altitude until they were touching the horizon almost. One of
them shot upward then, climbing very fast toward Ursa Major, passed between
Alioth and Dubhe (I mention all the stars by name because I don't want
anybody to think that I confused UFOs with stars), swerved slightly toward
Phecda and suddenly disappeared. When I looked down, searching for the other,
it was also gone.
The whole show lasted about twenty minutes, more or
less. They were not man-made satellites. I see satellites almost every night,
and apart from the fact that none of them is by far so bright, satellites
always follow a more or less straight course at the same speed.
Rowed eleven hours.
I know that
most people will say, "Poor chap, the way he was feeling at the time,
there is no doubt that he suffered a hallucination" --which, of course,
I did not. Throughout the journey, whatever else I may have suffered, I never
had hallucinations except once perhaps, when I was very sick, but then I am
not sure that that could be called a hallucination, as I recognized it as
such. So, aside from what is reported in the Log, what else did, or do I
imagine did, happen?
light breeze milled the sea. A few dark, rainy clouds scattered the sky.
Since it was bright, still low and almost due east of me, I had chosen
Arcturus to steer by, as this was easier and less tiring than keeping an eye
on the compass all the time. After months of rowing at night, every night, the
position of the stars was as familiar to me as the back of my hand. Thus,
when the UFOs suddenly appeared, they immediately had my attention. Not only
were they extraordinarily bright, but they were also blue and, to all
appearances, they did not move. Amazing! Bewildered, I checked the time --
2330 GMT -- and bearing -- 080 true; then stopped rowing and watched them,
while they climbed toward Jupiter, at the time nearly overhead, and hovered
there. How far? I could not say, except that it was at this moment that the
rainy cloud passed without concealing them. They were, by then, as bright as
street lamps, about five hundred yards apart. I lit a cigarette and watched
them, mesmerized as the light grew brighter and brighter, almost to the point
of hurting my eyes; yet their size did not vary and incredible as it may
sound, in spite of their increased brilliance, there was no reflection of
Something happened then about
which I do not consciously remember anything other than a feeling that my
body was floating in a void, or rather that I no longer had a body, as my
whole being seemed to be struggling against a terrific, mental, esoteric
force that was willing me to give myself to it, to say yes, to go away, to
It was so vivid, and yet so vague, vague. All I remember
is the struggle, the resistance, and my saying "No, no. No." And
then, at the last possible moment, when I was about to give in, I snapped out
of it. The cigarette had burned, its entire ash completely unmoved, till it
reached my fingers, and the burn had brought me back to my senses. I found
myself absolutely bathed in sweat, and by the look and feel of them, my
fingers must have been burning for quite a while before I had noticed. After
that the UFOs went east again, and what happened then is in the Log.
tall story, by another one of those lone sailors? Maybe. Think what you wish.
Personally, I will take the easy way out and say that I still don't believe
or disbelieve in such things.
Or do I?
This reference by the witness: BRITANNIA: Rowing Alone
Across the Atlantic by John Fairfax, pp. 160-163, © 1971.
UFOCAT PRN 49950 [DOS: ??-??-1969]
UFOCAT URN – 100249 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer),
December 1970, p. 25
UFOCAT PRN 90367 [DOS:
UFOCAT URN – 049950 UFO Investigator (NICAP), July 1970,
UFOCAT URN – NONE
BRITANNIA: Rowing Alone Across the Atlantic by John Fairfax,
pp. 160-163, © 1971.
UFOCAT PRN 90367 [DOS:
UFOCAT URN – 090367 APRO Bulletin, July 1969, p. 7
UFOCAT URN – 158444 Project Delta: A Study of Multiple
UFO by Richard Haines, p. 78, © 1994
UFO Location – Text- Latitude 22-40 N, Longitude 49-19 W