The sun is setting. We are sailing along, close hauled, in comfortable seas with winds 12-15 knots. Behind me the sky is a palette of wispy reds, yellows and purples. Ahead of me hues of blue fade slowly into inky black on the horizon. Night is falling...or rising, rather. The first, brightest stars begin to pop up in the darkening sky. I settle in, check our course. Look at the chart. I take stock of what I have around me. I have my PFD (inflatable life jacket) and tether on, the sails are set correctly, my headlamp is within arms reach as is our LED spotlight. The autopilot is right on course and our buddy boat, s/v Earthling, is about a mile off our port side. Our navigation lights are on, I have a high protein energy bar in my pocket and there is a red bull with my name on it in case I get sleepy. I have another three hours to go until Scott comes back up to relieve me.