Living with thunder and lightning at anchor is something you get used to in the tropics. But this was the loudest thunderclap we’ve ever heard in SE Asia!
We started off from remote Tambisan on a clear day, but as we neared our destination a squall developed, rapidly turning into a storm with gale force winds.
In general, the odds of being hit are 1,000 to one. In Florida it’s 3.3 in 1,000. And if you’re in a catamaran you’re twice as likely to be hit!
We’ve sailed a lot of miles through many a lightning storm, but this was our biggest and longest in 13 years of sailing Esper. It was relentless, at times the lightning bolts were coming every 10 seconds.
With lightning displays at every point of the compass, we both stayed on watch throughout the night. Before dawn we’d had enough, those three squalls and the ones that followed had sapped our energy.
Ahead of us lay storms, lightning, eating sea cockroaches, another flesh-eating wound, being turfed out of Penang, hitting the bottom, breaking the dodger…