Hello - nice to meet you. What a lovely thread title.
I love steering
by the stars. It makes me feel at one with the universe, and the sense of peace, space and beauty that one feels every time is awesome.
However - I learnt my lesson once. I became so hypnotised by the beauty of my star and the shimmering water
ahead whilst I was on watch (passage between Kuwait and Bahrain); that when the Skipper
came back on watch three hours later my star had altered our course 90 degrees and we were heading straight for Saudi waters.
Now I remember to cross check with the compass
every so often, pick a new star, and be wary of the 'star trance'!