Captain’s Log: Stardate 10529.9
To say that a lot has transpired in the last 24 hours would be an understatement of galactic proportions.

And no, I’m not talking about the new pope (although why he chose Benedict XVI is a mystery. I always thought the best way to follow John Paul II was with George Ringo II, but that’s just me.)

Last night, I received the May 2005 issue of Offshore Magazine, which features, on page 92, the “Wednesday Night Warriors” of the EBYRA Wednesday Night Race Series. On the following page is a photo of the Enterprise crew around a table after a race, and on the page after that, a photo of the Enterprise and Wow prior to a race, and on the page after that, a few sentences where yours truly is quoted. There’s also a few references to our so-called “uniforms.”

And this morning, though still quite a ways off from being a “done deal,” my offer was accepted on a 1990 C&C 37+ (40 feet) K/C as the next starship to carry the Enterprise name. So, if all goes according to plan (does it ever?), we’ll be sailing the latter half of June and the rest of the season on the NCC-1701-B.

She’s roomy, sleek and fast (I’m told by a YRA rep that her PHRF rating will be in the 90’s with the current sail configuration.) Real fast. I’m expecting Warp 7 and Warp 8 to become regular occurrences – that is, once we learn how to sail her right. In the end, we’ll be going more boldly than ever before.

In the meantime, we have to get the Enterprise-A ready for the first part of the season and ultimately for sale. The work party stands for a week from Saturday – April 30.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10528.2
The air is getting warmer, the snow has melted and it’s time to start thinking about racing again. And, before I head down to Maryland this weekend to see if there’s a boat that’s worthy of carrying the name “Enterprise” (the trip to Canada is postponed until Air Canada can get real with their airfares – ouch), I wanted to publish the preliminary racing schedule in order to avoid anyone getting SIC or so as not to cause a problem with any of the usual boat-whores.

On April 30, weather-permitting, we’ll hold our annual work party. This is where we clean the boat up and paint the bottom for the season. With any luck, the Enterprise will launch within a week or two after that.

The Skipper’s meeting and crew party is May 11 at the Morris Yacht Club, with the first Wednesday Night race on May 18. Whether or not we participate in Race 1 will depend on crew availability (we’re already at a “no” with Commanders Richard and Jory) and the status of the Enterprise.

On either May 14 or May 21, we’ll have our tuning shakedown cruise. This will be a great opportunity to tune the boat and get some practice in before we go on active duty.

In addition to the Wednesday Night races, we have the following:

June 4 – North Shore YC Day Race
June 11 – City Island Cup
June 12 – City island Cup
July 4 – Fireworks Cruise
August 6 – Women Skippers’ Race (Will Lt. Patty be comfortable with this?)
August 7 – CIYC Day Race
August 20 – CIYC Distance Race (overnight)
September 10 – Captain’s Island Race
October 9 – EBYRA Fall Series
October 10 – EBYRA Fall Series

Finally, beginning in mid to late June, we’ll have a new crewperson on board: Ensign Lisa. Lisa works in my office as an assistant and is very excited about joining the crew. She doesn’t have any experience, but is eager to learn and very comfortable with the first-year designation as “rail meat.” In addition, Ensign Lisa is a twenty-something blue-eyed blonde who will do very well at distracting other captains and crew. Could be just the additional edge we need.

Her code name will be Corbomite.