I’ve given this some thought and after my relief I’d have to say the coolest thing I ever saw was my 3month payoff check with option for cash!
No serious… I’m amazed every time I see a turtle in the middle of nowhere. Watching this amazing creature paddling his heart out, making about 5 knots of speed and hundreds, if not thousands of miles from the nearest point of land… truly amazing!
I also sailed with an old man who had been sailing for nearly 50 years, he NEVER told sea stories… the guy was born in Hamburg germany in 1945 (do the math) and started sailing as a teenager, he’s gotta have a few great stories, right? Well I sailed with him for nearly 5 years and I only ever heard 2. The first was about a guy who’s arm was chopped off… this guy came to the bridge bleeding profusely, they were in the middle of the Atlantic and had no real medical training. My captain raised the guys arm and timber-hitched it to a tall stantion to stop the bleeding. Side note: I don’t know the ending because, as we were glued to our seats waiting for the climax… Natalie, the 2nd mate, interrupted with her tail of a cook who chopped off a 1/4" of his pinky… I thought someone was going to keelhaul her. He never mentioned the story again.
The second story was told after midnight and 6+ hours of watch, he said (with true sincerity) that one night he heard a thump on the bridge wing only to walk out and see the AB had dropped the binoculars. Then he looked aft and watched the sea part, a lighted orb emerge… hover over the open hole that was the ocean… then, 5-10min later, shoot off into the sky.
After telling the story the old man then poured out his coffee (another first for him) and let to his cabin.
I’m not a big believer in UFO’s and I’m not too gullible either… but this one left me thinking.