Day 114 - Slept on the deck under the stars last night...opened the eye early to see if the sun was up...I saw moody skies, 5 mins later I opened the eye again to see flocks of paradise birds heading inland squawking, 5 mins later I heard a wind, the trees were getting blustered around on the nearby island...still the warning signs didn't register. It took Shane to jump up through the hatch next to me... "Grady, there's a storm comin', clear the decks!" I sat up...surely enough a deep dark black sky loomed above, like a switch being flicked we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a hurricane force storm. The captain and 1st mate were also asleep on deck, their faces were a picture as they opened their eyes to total chaos. All and sundry was manically being chucked below...amidst the mad flurry something disastrous was brewing. The makeshift tarpaulin we erected yesterday was acting as a dramatic sail in these ferocious winds, on top of this, unbeknownst at the time the anchor hadn't taken hold on the sea bed...we were moving quickly and dangerously close to the island...literally moments away from being beached. It was a slow motion crash scenario, the boat was listing on a 45 degree angle, a mad scramble was underway to release the tarpaulin, the boat's fin was scraping along the sea bed, panic was in play...like a Hollywood scene the engine clicked into life just in time, we managed to power ourselves away from catastrophe. Still the storm raged, the 10 or so other boats were all firmly anchored as we struggled to release the tarpaulin, which was still pushing us all over the place. Phase 2 of chaos ensued, the dragging anchor latched onto another boats anchor chain...in turn this swung shot a huge sailing boat round for a full on collision with us, this caught the attention of all the other boats, being flayed about we were powerless in controlling our direction, it was totally crazy, 1st mate Tomma quickly cut through the chord of the anchor, attaching a float so we could retrieve it, again we had literally seconds before disaster struck... The engine managed to power off again just as the anchor was cut, centimetres came between what would have been a horrendous collision. All other boats were alert, manoeuvring out the way...then like an off switch the storm passed and all was calm, catastrophe on many levels was amazingly avoided. All the respect in the world to Captain Lucien and Tomma, they kept their heads amidst the madness. After taking stock of what had just happened, everyone quickly went back to sleep, it was a very exhausting experience. A few minor repairs had to be made to the boat, we stayed put for the rest of the day.