Captain’s Log: Stardate 10514.2
With my 39th birthday just a few months ahead marking my foray into the last of my 30’s, I never really considered myself old. I mean, I named a sailboat after a science fiction spaceship – how old can I be?

There I go confusing age with maturity again.

Nevertheless, my seemingly firm grasp at childhood was loosened significantly this past weekend at the Honda dealership in Mount Kisco -- an insulting moment that forces me to request that no member of the Enterprise crew, member of Starfleet or anyone else in the quadrant ever give them an ounce of business.

While looking at the Civic and Accord, the salesman came up to me and asked if I was buying a car for my son.

Now it could be said that he saw me drive up in my Xterra or that I looked so sophisticated that I didn’t look like I was the right fit for someone to be looking at an Accord or Civic.

No. I looked like someone old enough to have a son. A driving-age son.

Right now, you’re saying: Well, he is almost 39 and if he had a son when he was 21, then... Shut Up! Shut Up! Shut Up! I don’t want to hear it.

Helm, set a new course: Second star to the right and straight on until morning.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10512.6
Last night, Commander Dave and I beamed down to Morris Yacht and Beach Club for the EBYRA-hosted North Sails’ Trim and Tactics Seminar. Although the seminar was general in many areas, mostly due to the range of knowledge in the 200+ attendees, we did come away with some very interesting information and over the next month or so, I’ll be looking over the crew assignments and possibly making some changes.

“You’re taking me off the Main?” Commander Richard asked during a phone call this morning. There was hurt in his voice.
“I thought you wanted to do Tactics.”
”Yes, well . . .”
”You can’t do both. You can’t.”

Yes, as we learned, the Main trimmer is a very important job. That crew person will be constantly changing sail trim and adjusting for the different “gears” on the upwind legs. We’ll have different settings for normal drive, power drive and pinch drive – and we’ll need to have constant communication between Helm, Tactician and Main trim.

The Tactician should always be looking at the water conditions, calling shifts and watching other boats. A standing order to the rest of the crew: If Richard is Tactician and he touches a sail control, you are to slap his hand and say “Be a tactician.” I suggest starting out with Lt. Patty doing an open-handed light slap on the back of the hand and if the problem persists, then work your way up to Dave using a closed fist on the fingers. He’ll learn.

We’re also going to need some practice, so let’s plan on launching as early as we can, bundling up and hitting the water.

And, for all you naysayers regarding chute take-downs: I was right. We should always take the chute down on the windward side. We’ll practice that too.

And finally, though unfortunate that Dave was the only member of the crew that heard it, it’s never, ever, the skipper’s fault. No wonder I buy North sails.

Lastly, there’s been some buzz, mostly generated by myself, about a new ship to carry the name Enterprise. I know what type it should be and I’d rather wait to get the right one than rush into purchasing the wrong boat just for the sake of getting a new one. Thankfully, work has been going very well with several big projects on the horizon. It could very well be the time, so I have been looking and there has already been some interest by others looking to buy the present Enterprise.

The model I’d choose would be the 40-foot C&C 37+. Fast and comfortable, her design, in my opinion, was the peak of the C&C lineage. In fact, you can see many of Rob Ball’s (the designer) ideas put to use in the new Tartan-made C&C’s. Here are some photos of one in Canada that’s up for sale (Dave wanted to know if since the boat’s from Canada, does it come with Laura. I doubt it, as that would seriously devalue the boat.)

Starboard Side

Captain's Quarters

Crew's Quarters


Officer's Lounge / Briefing Room

Port View

The Bridge

Navigation Station

Airlock 1 Open

Nothing is set and there’s still a very good chance that we’ll be sailing the Enterprise-A again this season. It’s just an idea and who knows what the future holds.

Captain's Log: Stardate 10509.0
On behalf of Richard and myself, I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their thoughtful emails, letters and phone calls during this most difficult time. I can't begin to imagine going through this experience without the support you have all shown and I'm infinitely grateful to be surrounded by such good caring people.

We've said this before, but we really should try to get together more during the off-season. In a few days, I'll be sending around an announcement about the annual Frolicking Exuberant Eagle crew party, which I hope everyone can attend.

In the meantime, I wanted all of you to know that you're the best. May our friendships, as well as my mother's memory, transcend both time and space.