I got back to the cabin a lot faster than I made it aft; time was vitally important now. I told Rick that we'd lost the keel bulb and were going to have to call for help. Rick said, "Look over your shoulder!" I did, and I saw a most welcome sight. There on the distant horizon, lit like a small city, was a cruise ship. Under the companionway steps were two watertight boxes, one of which was loaded with flares. He handed me one box, and it was filled with emergency water packets. As he handed me the second, I asked him for a headlamp, which I'd gotten used to during the Around Alone race. It was getting dark, so reaching for a headlamp was instinctive. This, too, would prove to be a lifesaving decision.