Do you mind if I share a story from the Great Lakes?
Not off shore, but still relevant in my opinion.
Every season we return at least twice to our home Port; it is an 85nautical mile sail. One season, I don't even remember which one it was, we were sailing home, and I always leave after midnight and sail all night to arrive the next day. We always enjoy the night sky and love to watch the stars.
On this particular night, I go on deck to relieve my wife Julie in the cockpit; she explains to me how wonderful the starts are tonight. I sheepishly nod my head and mumble a "I bet they are." No, No really. She says look up.
I turned my head to the heavens and I was in awe.
I have never seen anything like it in my life and I have never seen anything like it again.
We did not see "Stars", we saw the entire Milky Way. I cannot describe it other than to say that what I saw was a "White Cloud" of heaven. You simply did not see individual stars, but we saw a “Cloud”. The cockpit was lit up as if we had an LED in our rigging. You could read a book with out any assistance. It was amazing, a once in a lifetime experience; words do not do justice to the experince.
Courtney is My Hero
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White