Day 1 Thu 7/23 Departure and Brief Storm

We packed provisions, spare parts, plenty of flex-tape and duck-tape, and departed Fire Island Inlet at 9:30am on Bryan’s 1974 30-foot Grampian sailboat, several hours earlier than we had anticipated, as a nice sailing breeze came up. Bryan and I both saw a couple dolphins gracefully leap out of the water, only two waves away from us. We hit some rain and thunder, and I discovered the “rain jacket” I brought with me was not really waterproof. Then the wind calmed down, but not so the waves, meaning a bouncy motor-sail for much of the way. Bryan manned the tiller almost the entire time. Ah, so nice to come into port at Shinnecock inlet.