Having collected the party you are ready to head out, and although it is already 2 in the morning before you get the ship loaded Willit and Tomt suggest that given that the tide is running out it is time to set sail. There is just enough moon to get out of the harbor, and once you are out to sea the moon illuminates the low clouds enough to give you a bit of light. It is still bitterly cold, and at first the glow from the snow that covers the Island of Neel lights your way, but soon only the moon lights up the dark sea.
About 4 am. Willit comes below and brings you up and points out a sail just within view to the South. The sail is black and red, which are not the colors of the Red Hand. Do you want to close with the ship, trail it at a distance, or ignore it?