It’s not often we choose to make a night passage but we had a problem. The ‘up-todate’ charts of the Black Sea have their own black holes and after touching ground three times trying to find a way into an estuary in the Ukraine I decided our best option was an overnight passage northwards to Odessa.
It was a starlit night, there was a gentle wind, no waves and warm temperatures: what could possibly go wrong? Being a lateto-bed person, I took the first watch while Cocky, my Dutch sailing mate got some rest. Not long after midnight I retreated to the quarter berth with my Kindle. I was shortly interrupted by a call from the cockpit. ‘Help... there’s a large sailing boat coming straight for us and it’s moving fast’. I came and watched a pale yellow sail with a steady bearing on us from the east. It got larger and larger and I decided it must be a fast moving catamaran on collision course with us. Then ... oh ... it became semi-circular. ‘Cocky, isn’t the rising moon so beautiful?’