Captain’s Log: Stardate 10243.0
Last night, strong winds and threats of dangerous weather may have kept other starships (Frolic) from racing, but the intrepid crew of the Starship Enterprise was out in full force (sans one Jersey-ite, a lawyer, and a out-of-work artist fresh out of excuses) as we tempted fate and hoped that the massive storm over Pennsylvania would slow its pace as it headed towards our quadrant of the galaxy.

Before the start we were undecided as to whether to go with the #1 or #2 as some boats were running with reefs and others with full sails. Dave’s “C’mon. You only live once” attitude won out and we chose the #1 (as Lefty was complaining that Kurt’s “thingy” was in her face – draw your own conclusions on that one.)

The upwind legs went well, as Lt. Kurt did a great job of easing the traveler (under Richard’s guidance) when the Enterprise became overpowered. Fast tacks to avoid collisions prevailed and the ship led the race to the upwind mark.

The spinnaker set was well-executed despite the lack of preparation time and the fact that this would be our first spinnaker set in these wind conditions. Lt. Commanders Dave Beaver and Jory Stark handled the foredeck with expertise, anticipating problems and making corrections as did Ensign Mitch Nochlin handling the guy on the bridge. As the wind increased, the ship started to roll and I could see that the spinnaker was moments away from a warp core breach. Luckily, we were close enough to the leeward mark and my order to raise the genoa to blanket the spinnaker was followed quickly. Warp core breech averted. Now we turned back upwind as Ensigns Lefty, Patty and Lt. Laura (sporting a new homemade uniform) packed the chute for another downwind leg.

The next upwind leg went even better as we hugged the right-hand side of the course and mounted our EZ-Pass for the Throgs Neck Bridge tolls (we were pretty close.) Rounding the upwind mark again in first place (just ahead of the Klingon warriors Scancarelli and Collucci) we set the spinnaker again for our last downwind leg. The Enterprise began to roll earlier this time around and a random gust of wind from the side pushed the spinnaker back towards the ship, causing it to wrap around the forestay. Under lighter conditions, we may have been able to repair the situation, but I decided it was better (and safer – and slower) to douse the malfunctioning chute and finish the race wing-on-wing. It cost us position, but we still managed to do pretty well.

On a final note: Because of lack of crew availability, the Enterprise will not be competing in this weekend’s City Island Cup. We will now begin planning for the 2002 Around Long Island Regatta and some other weekend series including when Lt. Laura Heald takes the conn for the Women Skippers Race (and on a related note, my law firm does prepare wills.)