Captain's Log: Stardate 10324.7
This past weekend, Commander Dave and I took the new shuttlecraft to maximum warp and travelled to the farthest reaches of the Gamma Quadant, otherwise known as Captain Ernie's home in New Jersey. Thankfully, Dave brought along his new portable GPS receiver, the Garmin eTrex (or for our purposes, the eTreks) to guide us successfully despite Ernie's horrible directions (Step 4, then Step 2, then Step 1 -- no wonder this guy hit the rocks last year.)

The party was a smashing success, as crews from several starships (Frolic, Eagle, Hub Bub, Indecent Proposal, and Chinook) were in attendance. Meeting us there from the Enterprise was Ensign Patty and Commander Richard with Marcy in tow. At one point, Dave asked Richard if he'll be participating this year, but I had to point out that he was asking the wrong person. Quickly, Marcy replied that yes, Richard will be racing. Personally, I'll believe it when I see it.

Many thanks to Ernie for a great gathering and a delicious spread of food. I believe Patty made several trips to the food table and took home a doggy bag (Watch out, Patty. You'll eat too much and the next thing you know, you'll be 80 pounds.) It was great catching up with old acquaintences and sharing stories of our adventures at sea -- or at least at bay. As the party wound down (I think they ran out of beer,) I sat down with a member of Eagle's crew to look at some photographs.

Once again, thanks to Ernie and his wife for hosting a fabulous party. We're already looking forward to next year.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10323.6
Last night, Lt. Mitch and I went to a sailing seminar at the Morris Yacht and Beach Club, featuring a senior sales manager of a local sail loft on City Island. The presentation, which included such high-tech devices like a 3 foot by 1 foot white board and a dry-erase black marker that had less ink than a No. 2 pencil, had the 50 or so attendees squinting and watching the presenter helplessly freeze like a deer caught in headlights. Thankfully, once the attendees started asking questions, the situation quickly remedied itself and some new information was learned by all. It’s amazing how some of the most basic sailing physics can open your eyes again to boat performance. One of the points of the seminar was that sailboat racing is about inches and that every inch gained counts towards a victory. Therefore, I’m asking every member of the crew not to delete those SPAM emails about special pills or procedures that can add 2 to 3 inches to what you have.

After the seminar, we had dinner at Rhodes with Bill, a crewperson on the USS Eagle. Discussions ranged from crew positions, ex-Enterprise crew (we miss you already, Laura) to tips on how to survive sailing with Ernie. I can’t go into more about the discussion, but I will say an evil plot is being formulated…

Talking about Ernie, a few members of the Enterprise crew are planning to go to his home for a season-starting celebration party. I wouldn’t necessarily say that Ernie lives far away, but if you remember the premise of Star Trek: Voyager -- you know, the fact that they were sent so far away that it would take them 60 years at Warp 5 to get back to Earth -- Well, that’s child’s play compared to this voyage. Hopefully we’ll find a wormhole to get us in and out of New Jersey before Dave’s unborn child is ready for college.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10321.6
It’s hard to believe, but America is at war. For those of you that have friends and/or loved ones in the military overseas, we know that what they are doing must be done, that our freedom and safety must be protected amongst certain risks, but we hope that they work swiftly, safely and return home soon.

It’s a truly scary time, and the media is not helping one bit. Between CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, I find myself suffering from information overload. It’s only been a few hours, and although I like being informed, I don’t need video of explosions and people suffering. If I wanted to watch explosions, I’d watch Die Hard on DVD. If I wanted to suffer, I’ll go see Chicago, 8-Mile, or catch an N’Sync concert.

For your own mental health, I urge you to please turn off the news. There’s a difference between being informed and seeing every grisly detail.

I suppose that one of the things that surprises me the most about this conflict is the refusal of the French to get involved as an ally. So, as a protest, I’m asking all members of the Enterprise crew, along with the fans of the Captain’s Log, to boycott French fries, French toast, French dressing and French whores, no matter how tasty they may be. (I won’t go as far as to ask Ensign Patty and MarTune to stop French kissing – even I, as captain, have limits.)

Enough of my political posturing – sailing begins in less than two months! The new bottom paint has arrived and new gear is on the way. I promise this will be a year to remember!

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10318.6
Despite there still being over a foot of snow outside, it is March, and dammit, I’m getting into sailing mode whether Mother Nature likes it or not. So, in that spirit, I now present my list of racing dates for the 2003 sailing season, give or take a few changes.

May 7 – Skipper/Crew EBYRA meeting and party at MBYC.
May 14 – Race 1 of the Wednesday Night Race Series (18 weeks.)
June 7 & 8 – City Island Cup
July 19, 20, 26 & 27 – Larchmont Race Week
July 31 – Around Long Island Regatta (maybe.)
August 9 – Women Skippers Race (Patty? Lefty? Hilde?)
August 16 – Stratford Shoal Race (overnight)
September 6 – Captain’s Island Race
September 10 – Last night of Wednesday Night Race Series
September 14 – Non-Spinnaker Championship
October 4 & 5 – Fall Series (no broaching, please)
October 11 – Leukemia Cup

The new sail is in production and should be in-hand soon. We’re going to continue with Micron bottom paint, but will be upgrading to the Ultra version as it’s better and on sale right now. We’ll be installing a secondary genoa halyard and replacing all halyard lines with Sta-Set.

Our work party will be in April, on a yet-to-be-determined date, but I plan on the Enterprise launching the last week of April or the first week of May.

Meanwhile, as to the crew activity;

Congratulations go out to Lefty who not only scored a new job but included Wednesday nights as part of her interview process. Still, Commander Dave maintains he could have negotiated more for her, so please keep him in mind before discussing things like vacation time, raises, bonuses, etc. with your bosses.

Also, at last report, Hilde was able to secure a French version of Star Trek to familiarize herself with our terminology and, for lack of a better term, obsession. Scary part is we haven’t heard from her since. Either she’s disgusted and moving as far away from us as possible, or she’s gotten so hooked that she’s now at home, glued to the television, watching a total of 26 seasons of episodes and 10 feature films. Prenez-nous à la pleine vitesse de chaîne maintenant, Monsieur Spock! (I hope that’s right.)