Captain’s Log: Stardate 10382.5
Thanks in part to the efforts of Commander Richard, the Enterprise is ready to return to spacedock for repairs over the cold winter season. I am in the process of getting estimates for repair to the Enterprise’s hull, and I’m happy to report that the insurance companies have been very cooperative. I am also in negotiations now with Quantum Sails and North Sails regarding a new spinnaker to enhance our downwind warp drive. After all, I need to keep the sail inventory up to date with the crew’s talents.

And talented they are. Four trophies this year. Four! Granted, one of them is by default (North Shore YC Day Race,) but nonetheless, it is amazing to me how much everyone has learned and how good everyone has become. Even Ensign Patty, who will be the first to admit that she really sucks on the guy (Martin does smile a lot,) has repeatedly proven otherwise – her spinnaker skills have greatly improved. She has also demonstrated great ability as a bow lookout before the starts – something we realized, by comparison, when Lefty took over the job for one evening. “Head up or head down!”

The entire crew deserves, and will receive, Star Fleet’s highest commendations for their dedication and skills on the water as we boldly explored the final frontier. Even Commander Richard (who missed all of August) and Lieutenant Kurt (whose wife refuses to let him commit to a single weekend race) both performed well and beyond expectations (then again, the crew has learned over the last few years not to expect much from Richard.)

I wish I were able to promote everyone every year, but then we’d have a boatload of captains, with nobody listening to anybody. In keeping with the traditions set forth in previous years, however, I would like to announce the following:

Jory has once again given us perfect attendance and perfect crewmanship. His work on the bow, in the cockpit and on the rail (he keeps us dry) has been exemplary. He’s the first to suggest upgrades (I just wish he knew how expensive some of this shit was) and is always concerned with the status of the ship. It is an honor and a privilege to sail with him and he’s a valued member of this team. It is hereby noted, as of this Stardate, that he be increased in rank to the level of Commander.

Patty, whose come-hither look has kept other boats far away, has also demonstrated excellence in her role on board the ship. She is always eager to learn and her skills have improved exponentially over the past year. She has always been able to handle just about any task that’s given to her (we won’t go into the Women Skippers Race) and has pointed out some problems with our spinnaker system that will lead to major improvements for next season. It is hereby noted, as of this Stardate, that she be increased in rank to the level of Lieutenant.

I hope that we can all get together on a regular basis during the off-season. To be honest, the end of racing every year leaves a void that not even new episodes of Star Trek can fill. It goes beyond captain/crew. Beyond racing.

Plans are in-the-works regarding the awards dinner and a January beach party at Starbase Two around the time of the Atlantic City sailboat show. In the meantime, I wish everyone the very best.