Yesterday morning continue under the large kite, until the clouds started to darken, nearly a perfect drop until we realized I had left the clutch on the tack line open. Off went the tack of the kite, so once again recovering the kite from the water, this part of the drop we have off to a tee, stern retrieval. Solent and first reef was the order off the day with speeds between 10-14 knots with small squalls and an ETA to St Barts of 31 hours. Then the clouds darken still and you could see the squalls coming, second reef and Solent furled away as the squall hit us, the second reef departed from the main sail and a batten popped out of its pocket on the main sail. By now the squall was 28-30 knots as we were putting in the third reef. The waves breaking over the boat are refreshingly warm, unlike European waters. As the wind and rain increased to 45 knots, it was like being hit with hail stones, visibility was around 100 meters, this lasted around 20 minutes. The rest of the day was a mixture of light and fickle breeze and the ETA to St Barts went from 31 to 48 to unknown..... The hole we managed to find around 23.30 UTC was to last nearly three hours, the mainsail was dropped to stop the constant bang and rocking of the boat. Then we were off again with the most fantastic light show. Thunder and lightning everywhere, a few electronic items were unplugged as a precaution. As most children learn, we were also counting between the flashes and the bangs to find out the direction of the weather, but all too often it was impossible to know which flash belonged to which bang. Over a 100 photos were taken and only three managed to capture any lightning.... the moon put in an appearance around 0500 UTC which helped with the weather ahead. Around 6.15 was the closest we came to the thunder and lightning with only a couple of seconds between them, I guess some will work out the maths between speed and sound and tell us it was hundreds of miles away.... just before 6am this morning another hole was found, again this seems to be in our skill set. Fifty minutes later we are on our way again on a heading of 282 @ 8.2 knots and an ETA of 24 hours for St Barts...ummm...somehow I think not.