You were lucky you were in open water... doing that near shore is a good way to find charted rocks.
This isn't thousands of miles, but years ago while at the helm and on watch from St. Thomas to Bermuda I was so entranced by the bright shiny path of the full moon leading me directly on course to Bermuda that I steered down the path for my entire watch. Just before watch change - the "duh" moment. The moon had been moving to the west and I had been steering a lovely banana shaped course away from Bermuda. But it was such a lovely night that I almost forgave myself.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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