Captain’s Log: Stardate 10232.6
After packing up my life into 36x12x12 boxes, I have officially moved off of “The Rock,” also known as City Island. Soon, I’ll be dealing with the pleasures of maintaining a roof, boiler repairs, mortgage payments and lawn mowing. Dear God, what have I done?

The big news however, is that our first officer, Richard, has asked Marcy to be his bride and get this -- she said yes! Despite this glaring effort to steal the wind from my sails, I am very happy for the two of them. Now the two of them can clean the bilge together. Isn’t love grand? It wouldn’t be prudent not to warn Marcy about what she’s getting into, so here are some things you should know about our beloved first officer:

1. He’s a neat freak. He’ll clean everything. Doesn’t matter when. Not such a bad thing, because the Enterprise would be a mess without him.

2. Bad Sales = Bad Sails. If his art sales are down, he’s an absolute terror on the water. Get people to buy paintings or we may just have to stun him on Wednesday Nights.

3. He overestimates the absorption power of a paper towel.

4. Keep birthday cakes in areas where he can’t sit on them.

5. Forget president – he’s not even a member of the Hair Club for Men. I figure another ten years and he’ll have the whole Jean-Luc look.

In all seriousness, this is great news. You may send congratulations to Richard and condolences to Marcy.

So what’s next? I wonder… One thing did pop into mind, however. Last year, 70 year-old James Doohan, best known for playing “Scotty”, did become a new father. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10230.7
Last Saturday, the crew of the Starship Enterprise joined me for a spring work party, to prep the ship for another season of active duty. Missing were Ensign Jonathan Pincus, Ensign Brad Nassau, Lieutenant Kurt vonRoeschlaub and, most notably, Captain Richard Schillay.

It appears our first officer has forgotten words such as obligation, duty, and any other trait that goes along with being a high-ranking Starfleet officer. Instead, he chose to spend his time in Philadelphia (a dark corner of the galaxy) meeting soon-to-be relatives from out of state. Marcy (Richard’s main squeeze) called me to say they will both make it up to us with some hard work in the future. After all, there will be decks to soap up (during races of course), sails to dry and birthday cakes to sit on – oh . . . and other work that should leave Richard smelling like bilge water and diesel fuel for a week or two.

Kurt was at a sci-fi convention on Long Island and has told me that he picked up rank “pips” for the crew – I hope he got enough. We think Brad didn’t come because the planets weren’t aligned (or a sufficient lack of Gemini’s and Leo’s on board) for doing boat work – hopefully “Moon-Unit” Nassau will be able to race. Jonathan’s absence remains a mystery – Hailing frequencies open. Earth to Jonathan. Come in Jonathan.

It was great to see Laura, Dave, Deb and Jory again, all of whom did a wonderful job sanding the hull and helping with the final installation of our new navigational system. This was also a great opportunity to meet the newest members of our crew, Ensigns Lefty and Patty. Lefty and Patty seemed eager to race and did an excellent job of mounting our new jam cleats, running wires and cleaning up residual mildew from the long storage. I think they’ll make excellent crew and a valuable asset to the ship. Patty may have gotten on Dave’s bad side by being short a croissant or two, but I’m sure some yard landscaping will make up for that. Lefty, after mounting the last jam cleat asked if there was anything else she could screw – definitely the wrong group to be asking THAT question.

We finished the day by having lunch at Rhodes (paid for by Richard, of course) where discussions ran from sailboat handicapping to Deb’s and Laura’s love life – business as usual on board the Starship Enterprise.

Captain's Log: Stardate 10225.8
By subspace transmission today (email), I received confirmation that Ensign "Lefty" (who is a righty) Zagoreos will be joining the Enterprise crew this season - and hopefully for many seasons to come. Lefty is a non-Canadian friend of Lt. Heald whom I met at Captain Ernie Bivona's party (see Captain's Log of Stardate 10217.3.)

So now the crew list is complete. The following people now make up the officers and crew of the flagship of the United Federation of Planets, the Starship Enterprise:

- Captain and First Officer Richard Schillay: Tactician, chief navigator and, with his handy roll of paper towels, keeper of dry sails.

- Lt. Commander Dave Beaver: Officer in charge of foredeck and ship operations. He's starting to know more than I do. Dave will also act as weapons officer when targeting and firing fruit cup photon torpedoes.

- Lt. Commander Jory Stark: Secondary foredeck officer and commander of upwind genoa trim. In light winds, Jory will act as an auxiliary engine by projectile vomiting off the stern of the ship.

- Lieutenant Debra Weinstock: Primary guy control (she does have Jeff wrapped around her finger.) Target of 32% of all onboard humor.

- Lieutenant Laura Heald: Primary sheet control and target of the remaining 68% of all onboard humor. Laura is also in charge of spinnaker set-up (which she will train Patty and Lefty to do) and is the Enterprise's chief morale officer.

- Lieutenant Kurt vonRoeschlaub: Primary main control and bridge maintenance. Kurt actually bought sailing gloves this year and, get this, is actually keeping them in his car's glove compartment. Whether or not they make it to the boat remains to be seen.

- Ensign Brad Nassau: Secondary genoa and main control. Brad will be the only one who will bring a pillow to the Around Long Island. Brad has also volunteered to keep a close watch on our new single female crewpersons (is he dedicated or what?)

- Ensign Jonathan Pincus: We have work positions for Jonathan, but at this point, we'd be happy if he just shows up. C'mon Jonathan, you have a duty to uphold.

- Ensign Patty McKee: New crewperson from the planet Canada. Primary goal is to learn and help out where needed. Because she is Canadian, we expect her to lighten some of Laura's targeted humor - just not that much.

- Ensign Lefty Zagoreos: New crewperson who tells me she has bought boots, foul weather gear and leather gloves without fingers. She's apparently ready for anything, so on those really windy stormy days, we'll put her at the conn as the rest of us either go down below where it is dry or stay at the clubhouse and drink beer.

Once the boat launches, this crew will once again make sure history never forgets the name "Enterprise."

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10224.7
The first (and probably only) work party for the year will be on Saturday, April 20 (Stardate 10230.1), 10:30am, at Consolidated Yards on City Island. All crew are asked to attend and lunch will be provided. The Enterprise doesn’t need a whole lot of work this season, but the bottom does need a quick sanding, new jam cleats need to be installed for the downhaul and uphaul, some overall clean-up, and our new navigation system needs to be installed.

It is my hope to have the Enterprise launched by the first week of May.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Ensign Patty McKee to the crew, who, being from Laura’s home town, gives us opportunity to re-use all of our Canada jokes (ey.) And if we lose a race, we can always Blame Canada. (it’s a link to an Mp3 of “Blame Canada” from the South Park movie.)

We’re still waiting to hear on “Lefty”, but as far as I can tell, the rest of the crew is ready for the season ahead – Jonathan might actually show up this year. Kurt may actually buy gloves. And, for some reason, Brad has started taking speed swimming lessons.

Unfortunately though, Lt. Brick has been unreachable and returns no subspace hails. Has he been caught in a wormhole and is now in the Delta Quadrant? Has his molecules been compressed into a data stream by the transporter and then scattered throughout the system? Has Andy found marriage too much to manage? Whatever it is, we hope he finds his way and rejoins our noble crew.

On a final note: Stand by for an official announcement regarding new Captain’s quarters later this week . . .