The excitement for the day occurred at the setting of the sun as the Hesperides drifted westward across the sky, leaving in their wake the black of night. A tower of cumulus that had been building over Reunion all day made the decision to head our way. In conjunction with this, a gargantuan red blob appeared on the radar, highlighting to us the immense amount of water it actually held within. Unsure of the wind strength accompanying the mass, the decision was made to reef the Gennie and totally furl the staysail.

To our delighted surprise Lady Luck was watching from overhead as the mass edged its way gently past, safely passing us by.