I really don’t know whether to believe this story or not. It’s a diary of a sailing trip that reports an encounter with a fellow sailor who had experienced serious difficulties.
We reported last time that Shigeo’s trip from the Galapagos to the Marquesas had been terrible — after about 1000 miles his autopilot had failed, something had gone wrong with his steering, his engine water intake had clogged temporarily, blowing his impeller, the intake for one of his heads had clogged, and, most important of all, something had slowed his speed down to 2 knots, even with full sails, a lot of wind, and the engine running. He basically drifted with the current for the last 2700 miles, taking about 8 weeks to cover a distance that his 42-foot Beneteau could easily have sailed in a fraction of that time.
That part doesn’t seem improbable, but the explanation for his boat’s sluggish performance is wild. Divers took a look at the hull, and found hundreds of strange circular scars all over it—they speculate that they are marks of a giant squid’s suckers.
Hmmm. I can’t believe that a giant squid would or could cling to a boat for 2 months, but I can’t think of any simple explanation for the strange marks. Any more nautically experienced people out there with a better alternative explanation? I’d be inclined to call it a hoax, but for the fact that there’s very little bang for the effort that would have had to go into it.