Captain’s Log: Stardate 10564.1
This past weekend marked this Enterprise’s first distance race, and after some arguments with the Race Committee about division placement (the split the 90-raters and put us in the same division as a few planet-size speedsters rating as low as -33,) we started our run down Long Island Sound.

On board for the adventure were Commander Dave, Commander Richard, Commander Jory, Lieutenant Mitch, Lieutenant Kurt (who tested the limits of the new electric head – again and again and again and again and again) and Captain Richie Coar from the USS Chaika. With a fast reaching spinnaker set and Captain Coar’s constant spinnaker trim tips to Lt. Mitch, we were determined to be a contender – despite the light winds and the speed/size of our competition.

On the way out, we kept close to a direct course, which appeared to be a bad tactical move because most of the fleet that started after us passed us to the south. Luckily, a surprise northerly came in and carried us to be one of the first few boats to round the mark.

Once around, though, the wind went very light and decisions needed to be made. After some careful consideration based on what usually happens in August on Long Island Sound and what we could see on the water, we took the light northerly breeze south in hopes to find a southerly. For hours and hours, we inched towards Oyster Bay, hoping . . . wishing . . .

Conversation left sailing as concentration became an issue. Dave and Kurt spend their time discussing cartoons like Spongebob Squarepants and Danger Mouse. It was difficult to join in the conversation when the only cartoon reference I could come up with was the election time repeat one I saw the night before where Stan, despite prodding from Kyle and Cartman, couldn’t understand the reason to vote when his choices for a new school mascot was between a Giant Douche or a Turd Sandwich.

So we continued on, slowly, searching, hoping . . .

And there it was – dark blue water. Wind! Chute down, jib out, we accelerated to Warp 7 in a glorious sail along the Long Island shore in the setting sun.

We finished in second place, marking the first piece of silver for the Enterprise-B. And I know it won’t be the last.