Captain’s Log: Stardate 10540.0
At the dock, it looked like a calm, slightly breezy, overcast day. A quick check of the radar showed some heavy rains coming our way, but how long would it take to reach us? Two hours? Three hours? And besides, rain wasn’t going to stop this crew.

Once around the island on impulse, however, it was a different story. The calm, light winds were now in the 20’s and building. The small headsail was the way to go, and every other boat out there had the same plan. And, we had two new crew people on board – Ensign Ryan and Ensign Sid. It was time to put them to the test. They may be good, but are they good enough for the Enterprise?

As the ship pounded forward to the first mark, everyone did a great job. Ensign Ryan, getting used to the winching position, looked as if he was in his element. Ensign Sid, working the foredeck and rail with Commander Jory, also looked like he was having the time of his life (but that maybe because he didn’t have to listen to Mitch for a few hours.)

We crossed the line first and corrected into third. All in all, however, a great, action-packed night. And, I have to thank the crew for taking position along the rail to keep me dry during the hull-splashes – but did anyone else notice that Richard didn’t get on the rail with everyone else, but rather took a crouched sheltered position behind Dave?

At the club afterwards, I was approached by Klingon Commander K’lucHi (Tommy Colucci of Desperado) who stated that it was difficult enough keeping his boat controlled and stable during the downwind leg and our crew rooting for a broach didn’t make matters any easier.

The best part of it all – we were racing again. And nobody on board could give a rat’s ass that Bo Bice was named the newest American Idol.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10539.5
Due to circumstances beyond my control, the arrival of the new Starship Enterprise will be delayed a few days. It is still very possible for her to be in orbit by the first week of June and, following a short haul to apply some paint and graphics (any volunteers?), she’ll be ready for active duty. Our available crew is still a question mark, which will determine which division we race in (6 or 2.)

Meanwhile, the current Enterprise is ready and we’ll be racing this Wednesday Night in Division 3. All crew are to report to the Enterprise by 6:30pm.

Speaking of crew, we welcome on board Ensign Ryan from Brooklyn who has some sailing experience and eagerly wants to get into racing. And, starting in July, Ensign Sharon, who is a friend of Lefty’s (but we’ll take her anyway) will be joining in. Speaking of Lefty, we may not have seen the last of the silver pants or the “pee to poop” and “head up or head down” philosophies.

I should also report the resignations of Ensigns Hilde and Roman – Hilde will be returning to Belgium in June (and I’m happy to report that she’ll be taking her kids with her) and Roman has transferred to Chicago (rumor has it the city of Chicago was created by a couple of Jews who thought New York wasn’t cold or dirty enough.)

Finally, to update everyone on current events – I can’t decide what was the highlight of this past weekend: The Mets giving the Yankees a run for their money; flying a Cessna 172 over Westchester and Rockland Counties; or the fact that I won’t have to watch an episode of Desperate Housewives for many, many months.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10538.1
While the rest of the world stood on line at movie theatres waiting until midnight, Commander Dave, Lt. Mitch, Ensign Bill and I dropped the mooring, left orbit, and had a wonderful sunset sail in Eastchester Bay and Western Long Island Sound.

The rig seemed sound and we adjusted car positions for upwind legs while the Enterprise glided along in near-perfect conditions.

Meanwhile, for Race 1 of the Wednesday Night Race Series, the race committee had to deal with 32 boats and a mid-sequence 180-degree wind shift. Their options were to either reset the line and change the course for Divisions 3, 2 and 1, or cancel Divisions 4, 3, 2, and 1 – or cancel the entire night. But, with 32 boats, months of waiting and a wonderful evening, they took a “fuck it” attitude (which was well-received) and let things stay as they were. The three remaining divisions had a downwind start, and, frankly, I’d like to see more of them in the future.

So, while the crew now tries to determine the overall benefit of red uniforms and whether or not correlation is causation, we eagerly await our first race next Wednesday. All crew are to report to the Enterprise by 6:30pm next Wednesday night.

We will then, as we have done in the past, boldly go . . .

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10536.2
Last night, Commander Dave, Lt. Mitch and the new Ensign Ryan all attended the EBYRA Skipper’s Meeting and Crew Party, where there was a fairly nice turn-out and, if I don’t say so myself, a well-run and organized presentation. I think this was the first year where the usual curmudgeons didn’t have a zillion questions and where there wasn’t some clueless newbie asking about why we don’t race Time on Distance instead of Time on Time.

After the presentation, I joined Dave and Mitch at one of the tables where we didn’t discuss sail trim or crew positions, but rather the great musical contributions of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend and Led Zeppelin. We concluded that today’s music, when listened to for any length of time beyond, say, 40 seconds, will cause a brain tumor and blood to pour from one’s ears. This is why the official radio station for the Starship Enterprise is Q104.3 (New York’s Classic Rock Station.)

But, it was during this conversation when I came to a scary conclusion. Our grandparents subjected their children to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammie Davis, Jr.. Our fathers subjected us to The Temptations, The Supremes, Tom Jones as well as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It’s logical (right, Kurt?) to assume that in the very near future, parents will force their children to listen to Tiffany, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Bananarama and The New Kids on the Block. It’s also logical to assume that years after that, parents will force upon their children music by Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Green Day, Black Eye Peas and Eminem.

So, I figure in 20 to 30 years or so, the children will rise up, slay their parents, and rule the Earth.

Luckily, we have much sailing and racing to do in the meantime. And, while we probably will not be racing next Wednesday, all crew are asked to report to the Enterprise no later than 7:00pm next Wednesday night for a shake-down/tune-up cruise. This year is going to be fun!

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10535.9
The survey has come in and the owner has already fixed the items that I considered to be of highest importance. Unless something really bad happens with the sale of my mother’s apartment (and I’ll lose some bucks,) it looks like there will be a new Enterprise in Eastchester Bay this season. It’ll be a new ship to learn, but I’m confident this crew will rise to the challenge.

Meanwhile, tonight is the annual EBYRA Skippers Meeting and Crew Party at Morris Yacht and Beach Club (7:00p) where we will announce some of the year’s changes to the Sailing Instructions and hand out race charts. This is usually a fun event with a lot of people, beer and food. I hope to see as many of the crew there that can make it.

And, I’m happy to announce that the current Enterprise has been launched and is just about ready for the first few races of the season – maybe we’ll do three or four until the new ship is here. To avoid conflict, our sail number will be changed to NCC-1781-A, thanks to some blue tape I’ve ordered from North Sails that will be put across the 0’s.

At some point this weekend, I’ll go out there and tune the rig, but on Sunday morning, I’ll be taking a flying lesson out of Westchester Airport. There’s a 30% chance of rain on Sunday, but, assuming I can locate it from up above, there’ll be a 100% chance of yellow rain over Patty’s house.

See you tonight at 7:00 at the Morris.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10534.2
While I await the final surveyor’s report, which is the deciding factor on the Enterprise-B, I must, very briefly, step away from the whole Star Trek theme and move on to something completely different.

Because today, thanks to my sister, I’m going to an advance screening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. So for today, and today only, it’s not about Kirk and Spock. It’s about Obi-Wan and R2D2. It’s not about Khan and Chang. It’s about Vader and Sidious. Today, I’d trade in my phaser for a light saber. And, for today only, It’s not about the United Federation of Planets. It’s all about the Jedi Knights.

I know Lt. Kurt is very upset about this (he has a real Boba Fettish) on two fronts: First, I didn’t have an extra ticket for him and second; even if I had, his wife would have killed him had he gone without her. Nevertheless, it would have been fun watching him wrestle with this for a while.

I’ll do my best not to ruin the movie for everyone, but I hear that Anakin Skywalker actually becomes Darth Vader. He and his wife Padme have twin children, and get this: one’s named Luke and the other Leia. What are the odds?

And here’s a real spoiler: That Senator Palpatine – well, he’s really a bad, bad man and he becomes the Emperor. The Jedi are pretty much wiped out, except for Obi-Wan who moves to the same world they dump one of the twins (Luke) at. And Yoda survives too, exiled to his home; some swamp world named Dagobah. The imagination that goes into this is amazing.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10533.4
For what would most likely be the final time before being decommissioned out of Starfleet service, the Enterprise-A is ready to be launched for the season. Many thanks to Commanders Dave and Jory as well as Lieutenant Mitch for their time and efforts in painting, cleaning, painting, cleaning and painting and cleaning some more.

Despite the morning showers, the day turned out to be a good one. We wondered briefly what had happened to Richard and Kurt but then realized it was a weekend.

Also along for the prep was Crewman Dave, Commander Dave’s son. Crewman Dave helped out with the cleaning and was up and down the ladder faster than an anti-matter injector. After some time though, he desperately wanted to help paint. After about an hour of pleading and the begging, Mitch handed him a brush and pointed him towards Ernie’s boat.

During lunch, while the paint was drying, I gave a tour of the ship to an interested buyer and a friend. They were very impressed with the Enterprise. We talked dollars for a moment, but they soon realized that its almost just as important to me that the next owner is someone that I can be assured will take care of her. After all, a good portion of my life has been devoted to this starship.

Time does move on, however, as should I. The new ship was surveyed last Friday and I am awaiting the final report which should be here this week. I’m told that things are looking good and it’s becoming more and more likely there will be a new Enterprise in orbit in June. That is, if it will be Enterprise in June. I’m now trying to decide if, when it gets here, to short haul the boat and commission it (apply appropriate Starfleet markings and hull number NCC-1701-B) or wait until the season is over. While it may mean an extra week or so before using her, I’m leaning towards the hauling/commissioning. It all comes down to when in June she arrives. The earlier the better.

Damn, this is getting exciting.

May 11 is the annual EBYRA Skippers Meeting and Crew Party; 7:00pm at MYBC. I hope to see everyone there.