Sailing in gorgeous conditions, I’m at the helm during my first watch on a 60-foot catamaran, 130 miles offshore in the north Atlantic. The crystal-clear night is alive with stars, the Milky Way and constellations are planetarium-bright, accented by a sliver of a crescent moon rising in the distance. After a while, the stars seem to move in slow motion.
Around 3 a.m., a tiny light on the horizon matches a blip on the radar screen. The t