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!
When a second squall followed behind the first, all six rally boats turned 180 degrees and were pushed towards the reef. Boats began dragging in the soft sand and one of our number motored deeper to escape the danger.
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!
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.
When learning to sail we’re taught to passage plan as far in advance with as much information as possible, so how do you cope with the unpredictable?
Around-the-world sailors Liz Cleere and Jamie Furlong are noticing dangerous changes in weather patterns on their travels, which is affecting their plans and causing concern