One night on a recent sail from St. Lucia to Venezuela
we came upon a very fast moving object on the water
It was approaching us on our starboard and far enough away that I could not see the hull
shape but it did have running lights and a strobe light that appeared to be at the top of the vessel.
It was moving extremely fast which I would estimate to be at least 30 knots or more because of the short time we were in sight of it.
The more puzzling thing is that it was on my watch when I saw it visually without any advance notice on Radar! Once I saw it I tried in vain to get it to come up on my Radar screen
Then it was gone.
We were sailing on a broad reach in approximately 15-18 knots of wind
with a typical sea state for those conditions.
Our position at the time was approximately 200 miles off the coast of St. Lucia in the middle of the Caribbean
This has continued to brother me and have thoughts of a surfaced sub perhaps or some sort of stealth military boat but really have no knowledge of what sort of "stealth" vessels are out there.
So....I was wondering if anyone else has ever had a similar experience.