Captain’s Log: Stardate 10674.2
Last night marked the first Wednesday night in 21 weeks where I didn’t drive down to City Island for either organizing or racing in the EBYRA event we’ve grown to love. And now, with what looks like only one more race to go until the season’s end (I just signed the winter storage contract,) now is the best time to review crew performance.

This year marked the first season for a lot of new crew on board the Enterprise. Some have taken on responsibilities and have done exceptionally well, while others are still learning or finding difficulty in balancing their home lives with their Starfleet duties. As difficult as it was in making sure we had enough crew to run the previous Enterprise, the Enterprise-B has presented a bigger challenge.

Crewman Olivier Létang, joined us early this season with his girlfriend, Nicole. Nicole, while never sailed before, didn’t enjoy the position of “rail meat” and wanted more responsibilities. She stopped sailing with us after two weeks. She then left the country, perhaps after realizing we wouldn’t let her have a cabinet post. Nevertheless, Olivier thankfully chose to stay and is learning fast. With some reading and some practice, I can see good things for him in the future.

Crewman Kenny Bacow, who originally came out for just one race, has been recruited to full-time crew – he just hasn’t worked out the whole “full-time” part. Still, his attendance has been better than others…

…Which brings us to Crewman (AFOF) Ozzy Gutman. Ozzy does travel quite far to get to us, but made less than half of the races this year. Ozzy came to us last year as a friend and client of Lt. Commander Mitch, after Mitch’s glowing recommendation and his statement that he dates “lots of hot women that he will bring on board.” So far, he’s brought two, both about as hot as wintertime on Pluto. Still, we have faith in Ozzy. In Ozzy we trust. All aboard Ozzy’s Crazy Train! Oh, wait, that’s Ozzy Osbourne. Never mind.

Crewman David Catalane responded to my ad in Windcheck LIS for crew, and has also missed quite a few voyages, including all weekend events. In all fairness, he is taking the CPA exam, which I’m told requires a lot of studying, but I wonder how accounting beat out sailing in priorities. Besides, if you’re good with numbers, create a polar diagram. David says he’ll be more active next year.

Yeoman June Murakami was the last member to join the Enterprise and has, so far, been the cause for two cancelled races, a dying breeze in three more, and a bruised hand on a four year old. At last report, June is looking for work in Bermuda, so we’re not sure just how many voyages she has left with us.

Yeoman Phaedra (Goddess of Wind, remember?) Singelis was also new this year, faithfully determined to keep the boat light by losing her appendix. We’re happy she’s all right and look forward to seeing her more in the future. And, we’ll always wonder what her and Commander Dave were doing alone on the Enterprise in the dark after the cancellation of Race 16…

Zoraida Morales also came to use from the Windcheck ad (same day as David C) and has already been promoted to Ensign this season for her excellent work on the foredeck and her skills on the conn bringing us a third place finish in the Women Skipper’s Race, where, during one of her starts in over 15 knots of wind, she came so close to the committee boat, you could hear the owner say “Ay Dios Mio!” Zoraida also has been given the designation as Ship’s Replicator, always delivering cookies, cakes, bobkas, and, on one race, two pizza pies and beer. It is my hope that Ensign Zoraida one day takes over the foredeck fully with the help of someone new, moving Dave aft to a tactical position.

Jonathan Flaks was also promoted mid-season to Ensign, based on his expert work in the cockpit and his dedication to racing. It’s had to believe that someone I met scooping up dog crap at the Ossining Dog Park now cleans my bottom. Actually, Jonathan has become a fast friend and a much-needed crew member. He runs the pit with expertise and I can see he has a great future ahead on the Enterprise. And, as an executive coach, every little bit helps. I have yet to see his band perform, though, but hopefully I’ll catch a “gig” in the near future.

Ensign Bill Van Horn spent more time at the End of The Universe (Houston) than on the Enterprise this year. I just hope he can come back more regularly in the years to come. I hope to groom him for a command position, but taking a leading role on the Enterprise is the least of his worries (he’s still waiting on permission from his wife for the October 7th race.)

Lieutenant Kurt von Roeschlaub has been on the ship more now that he works in California than when he worked on Long Island. His skills on the main are improving, including his aim at taking off my father’s head during jibes. Since third grade, Kurt has always been the Spock to my Kirk, always better at computers and calculating advanced calculus in his head. On any given race, he can tell you, to the millisecond, how much ahead, in corrected time, Andiamo is. Some boats have computers on board, we have Kurt.

Lt. Commander Mitch Nochlin is a senior officer on board and has done very well. He is to receive the highest of commendations for his skills and dedication. It’s clear to me that another year of similar service will earn him a promotion in rank, but we do continuously wonder what is in that ginormous yellow bag of his. And, we’d prefer it if he stopped trying to access Kurt’s brain to download Internet porn on upwind legs.

Commander Jory Stark, who has been with me close to a decade now after being transferred from the USS Scrimshaw, has missed many races over the past two seasons thanks to his new post at the Academy. Jory has wondered if a demotion was in the cards for him, but he knows the boat well and is a valued member of the team. He promises next year will be better and I believe him. The biggest challenge I’ve had with Jory this season is not his attendance, but my ability to heel the boat to the point where it is under water when he is on the leeward rail – something I enjoyed doing, quite often, on the previous ship.

Commander Richard Schillay, my father, only missed, I believe, two races this season (things were much quieter on board.) As my tactical officer, he often doesn’t know where other boats are, never checks the tides, and has been known to be talking on his cell phone rather than look for puffs on windward legs. But, based on what I’ve seen in Star Trek VI, senior citizens can still kick ass when needed. He’s a major asset and we all need him. He knows sail trim and what gets the ship moving. Plus, he’s buying another sail this winter.

Last, but not least, is my First Officer, Dave Beaver. Dave runs the foredeck and knows the Enterprise almost as well as I do. He’s the first to suggest rigging modifications all in an attempt to make us faster and more efficient. As someone who tried foredeck once this season, I know the type of challenges he faces in each race, light wind and heavy. He’s always up for a distance race or an overnight (although that may be more about his wife than sailing.) I wouldn’t do an Around Long Island without him and yes, we ARE doing the Around Long Island next year. He’s gone from knowing close to nothing over a decade ago to become one of the most skilled and knowledgeable people on board. When a problem occurs, he works at it quickly to make sure things go right. As of this stardate, Dave Beaver is to be increased in rank to Captain of Foredeck and will remain First Officer of the Enterprise.

Thank you all for a great season.