7:30 am Sunday Morning. I hopped in the car and ran up to Astoria to grab Max. He used to be a Brooklyn resident, but currently residing in LA. Walked my dogs and then hopped in a friends car and we were off. 4 Humans + one Chihuahua. Hopped on board the Kirie, and the battery was low. Opened up the compression so that the diesel could turn over and then eased it closed and the Kirie came to life. Reminiscent of popping my car into 2nd gear on a downhill. Starting to love this diesel. Headed out of the harbor and set both sails setting course for “The Ruins” above Gardiner’s Island. Once again Mr Mark Cuban’s “The Fountainhead” was spotted and we altered course to cut him off. They were moving along at a pretty good clip and we tacked a couple times to catch him when he had thrown anchor. Ran into my friend Ricardo sailing by and he chased us for a bit. Then let down the sails and motored in to grab a mooring and swim a bit before putting the Kirie away. Solid day on the water.
4th of July was a great weekend. We sailed out Friday afternoon to Coecles Harbor. Threw anchor and spent the night there at Shelter Island. Sort of slept in, had an epic spread for breakfast and then tried the engine, but batteries were low. Live and learn. Should have left just 1 or 2 battery turned on, not both while sleeping and hanging. Got a jumpstart from SeaTow (they arrived in 45 minutes) and we were off again. Sailed around Mark Cuban’s “The FountainHead” in middle of Gardiner’s Bay and then around the corner and south to below Gardiner’s Island(sailing at 8 knots and change). Gave up on Anchoring at Devon yacht club (it was so shallow everywhere and kind of choppy). So headed back to dock a day early. Switched to cars and had dinner in Amagansett at LUNCH – Lobster Roll Restaurant seated at the table next to Cam’ron and his entourage of a dozen people. Then drove over to Devon Yacht Club to take in the fireworks from the beach. Drove back to the boat and then up early in the morning to drive back before traffic started up. It was a one of a kind weekend. Good times and July/Summer has just begun!