"The Night of the Killer Storms", naw.. just a lot of wind and rain. Everything was going really nicely last night. Sean handed off to me at 03:00 and I handed off to Gustavo at 06:00. Both of our watches were fantastic, rocketing along at 9-10 kts continuously for hours straight toward St. Lucia. I went to bed at 06:00 (remember this is UTC so local time was 02:00) and Gustavo woke me at 07:30 saying some big storms were bearing down on us from behind. They would pop up on the radar as a 'blob' with yellow and red coming at us at 30 kts. Usually we have 10 minutes of so to get the boat in order before it hits but Gustavo's storm came at us at 60 kts.
I got up and helped him reef all the sails in then Sean got up and helped us get it all right ;-). From then on, squall after squall have been hitting us all morning and it looks to be this way the rest of the way to St. Lucia.
We continued to dodge squalls most of the day then got in a number of hours of really wonderful sailing with high groundspeed. Now, with night time approaching, the storms are building again. Looks to be another interesting (and sleepless!) night ahead. In the meantime, we are having a wonderful Indian Maharaja Curry with chunks of Lamb. I read about a boat I trained on last year, the Kantara, a 40 foot Dufours. They are not even to the half-way point and have more than a week to go yet to arrive. I also think about the living conditions on-board and it makes me really appreciate this magnificent HR!