Most of yesterday and during the night we had overcast skies with short showers which briefly robbed the wind from the area and left the boat rolling on the swell with the sails flogging. Still by manually steering through these calms it was possible to continue making headway and after about an hour of concentration at the helm, the wind returned and the ever vigilant wind-vane could take over again. With cloud covering most of the sky and the moon not rising until after midnight, the night was very dark, with just a few stars breaking through the clouds. With no visible horizon the world seemed to contract around us. That was until lightening flashes in the distance briefly illuminated the sea beyond the confines of the cockpit. The electrical show continued throughout the night. As we got closer, we heard the accompanying thunder which seemed to be transmitted through the water before reverberating through the hull. Fortunately the gap between the lightening flashes and thunder rumbles remained sufficient for us not to be too concerned for our safety, although the flashes got noticeably brighter and the rumbles louder.
The other event of note was seeing two fishing boats in the night. Our radar detector, which has remained inactive since we left New Zealand, started flashing and eventually the lights of the radar wielding boats came into view.
Late yesterday afternoon we caught a decent sized tuna - perfectly timed as we'd finished the last of our fish. That said we decided we should use up some bacon we bought in Santo which had been sadly neglected in our recent seafood bonanza. Seems we're always eating what's just about to go off. We made a mixture of green bean, bacon, potato and yam which could have turned into a hash but we were saved mainly due to the delicious locally cured bacon.
Position @ 11:59 (GMT +11) S13° 08.4' E164° 01.7'
Distance to "Indispensable Reef": 201
Daily run: 128