Bagheera boarded by customs

Customs officers aboard Bagheera photo Mike GillPhoto: Mike Gill

Boarded! 30 hours out from Castlehaven in Southern Ireland, we were cruising happily along in the sunshine off Mounts Bay when we saw a grey warship or similar lurking close inshore - almost invisible against the coastline. It then detached itself from the shore and came fast out in an arc towards us and then kept station with us at a distance of about 3 cables astern for about 10-15 minutes before lowering a RIB, which came after us.

David Clements, 17.11.2009 | More from David Clements’s blog