Ep 7: The Race

Report of incident that took place in <AREA01> some years ago. While the report has been altered to remove incriminating names, we believe the incident took place as stated.

Location: <AREA01>'s territorial waters (disputed)

Date/Time: <DELETED>

As ordered our vessel <SHIP93> took up position as above. As usual it took pains to make itself as provocative as possible, both in actual position, and the usual additive to its fuel.

At approx 1100, a small civilian motor vessel approached. One person was allowed to board, and enquired whether we would be holding our position for the rest of the day. We replied in the affirmative, and repeated our claim to the waters concerned. The person then returned to his boat, which returned to <AREA01>.

At approx. 1430, a small explosion was heard within <AREA01>'s port area. A binocular search revealed that the boat referred to above had set off a small firearm, apparently as a signal to a number of sailing vessels nearby. The position of the sailing vessels indicated that they had just started some kind of race. These then headed directly towards us. Fearing an attack, we sounded general quarters, but kept our men out of sight.

We were relieved when the sailing vessels passed us by, and congratulated ourselves on being an obstruction to this event.

However, after turning around two other bouys in the area, the vessels turned towards us, and again passed around us, heading towards the first of the two bouys mentioned above. The civilian motor vessel had taken up position near the second bouy, and fired off its firearm when the first of the sailing vessels passed between it and the bouy.

There were no further incidents that afternoon. It is not known what to make of the above incident, however, after the above was reported, we were ordered to withdraw to another position.


***ADDITIONAL VERBAL COMMENTS FROM <SUBJECT01>: (Note: These comments were recorded from over 200 yards distance without special equipment.) It was a sailing race, you idiot! You allowed youself to be used as a marker bouy in a boat race! You're supposed to harrass these people, not help them enjoy themselves! I'll have you painting aircraft carriers alone for this...

The report and transcript above will be denied by the government involved. Attempting to verify this information through normal channels is not advisable.

Any resemblance between the characters and any person, living or dead, is probably purely coincidental.