Help the Crew of the Starship Enterprise raise funds for the Charity Cup Regatta, a race to support The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Click HERE to donate online now.

Captain's Log: Stardate 10771.2
Thanks to Eben, Commander Jory, Lt. Commander Mitch, Yeoman June and Yeoman Ellen for their help for the Fall Series yesterday. You did a superb job.

Our final race for the season will be the Port Washington YC Charity Cup Regatta, a benefit to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. All crew are requested to respond with their availability for this October 6th race – number of crew available shall determine if we go spinnaker or non-spinnaker.

This is one of those rare opportunities to combine or love for racing with helping people far less fortunate than ourselves. We must all admit that the troubles we have encountered with one-design fleets, sea lawyers and light air days all pale in existence to some of the troubles that others face in this world. It’s time to give something back.

It’s time to reach out to friends, co-workers, family and all other contacts. Even if it’s just a little – a little in abundance is a lot. And, they get a tax deduction for donating to a charity.

Send out some emails. Sponsor a little bit yourself. See if your company does matching gifts. Ask your boss. Ask a neighbor.

Do not think of fundraising as asking for money or a loan. You are asking as an advocate for those in need. Don't discount anyone. While you may not have talked to that high school friend for a while, it's never too late to resume a friendship by telling them about your involvement with Ronald McDonald House. Use those who are close to you as a "mini-committee" to reach your goal. Ask them to share their Rolodex, send out letters, help plan a party or find raffle prizes. You don't need to know all of your potential donors; it's okay to accept donations from people you do not know. Just remember to thank them. By carrying their fundraising letters everywhere they go, many participants have received donations in bars, the subway and from passengers in elevators in their offices or apartment buildings. The best way to fundraise is to use a combination of techniques, including a raffle, a fundraising letter, a party, corporate involvement, etc. Involve everyone you know. Most people find that their daily contacts supply plenty of potential donors. You'd be surprised at how many people you know - even casual acquaintances - who will support your efforts. Make sure everyone realizes that their contribution last much longer than the 30 seconds it takes to write a check. Mention your efforts whenever possible. You never know when someone has $20 burning a hole in their pocket. Ask, ask, ask.

Please make all checks payable to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. If they want to send to them directly, please ask them to include "Starship Enterprise – Charity Cup 2007" in the memo field.

Fans of the log, please email me at edd@yachtracers.com if you’d like to donate. I’ll be happy to provide you with an address.

We’ll finish off our season doing something right. Boldly.

Captain's Log: Stardate 10770.1
It’s certainly a shame that last night marked the end of this year’s Wednesday Night Race Series. Not only because it means that the season is coming to a close, but mostly because I got to see the crew of the Enterprise perform, once again, like a well-oiled machine. With Commander Richard and Crewman Kenny out “jewing it up” by attending services and blowing shofars (Happy New Year,) the balance of the crew worked diligently to give us a first place start, a first place windward mark rounding and a very close finish. And, it certainly wasn’t easy between the darkness on the water and the jibe set I ordered (which turned out to be a mistake when the wind shifted soon after we rounded.)

What’s left? The Fall Series, which we’re doing committee for, and the Charity Cup, for which the crew will band together and help to raise money for Ronald McDonald House charities. It’s one thing to do something you love (racing,) but it’s even more when you can combine it with something good for people less fortunate than ourselves. Details coming soon.

I’ll also work on scheduling a family-fun day on the water before it gets chilly. And, lastly, I’ll need some help getting the boat prepped for winter storage (sigh) this October.

After finishing the race last night, the crew celebrated by drinking two bottles of wine and eating a bountiful assortment of cheeses, salami, cookies and Zoraida’s home-made brownies. Ensign Zoraida was one again pretty much out of commission last night with a broken middle finger, which she hurt in what she called a “Bisexual Accident” – though she might have said “Bicycle” – it was windy and I couldn’t hear well.

All in all though, it was a great year. I’ll be thinking about commendations and promotions over the next few days. Certainly most are deserving.

Lastly, for next year, and at the request of Ensign Zoraida and Yeoman Ellen, I need to think about updating the uniforms for the women on board. Apparently the two of them are not happy with my (expensive) crew shirts and we had a sit-down to discuss something that would be more “their style.” I think we finally agreed on a burgundy sports bra (with the Starfleet delta logo on the left breast, of course) and a burgundy spandex mini-skirt with the words “How’s your photon torpedo?” written along the back. The look could be finished off with black thigh-high go-go boots (complete with cushioning so they don’t get black and blue on their legs any more) with stiletto heels fashioned to include deck-shoe material on the bottom (we don’t want them slipping.) I’ll get to work on that.

Captain's Log: Stardate 10768.2
Last night's race included two great pieces of news: First, we earned a throwout. Second, we won't be throwing out last night's race.

When we arrived at the Enterprise, we all really thought there wouldn’t be a race at all. The wind speed was reading all of 2 and there were barely any ripples on the water. And, I personally began to doubt the crew even wanted to race as I noticed bottles of wine being stored below along with cheese, hummus, salami, tortilla chips, dip, Corona beer, and a Styrofoam cooler filled with sushi (the last time the boat smelled this much like fish, I think Laura was still on the crew.) I didn't know whether to prep the boat for racing or open up a specialty waterfront bodega.

But, as we powered out to the starting area, the breeze picked up and the food will have to wait. The weather was looking perfect and our division aggressively pushed for position on the starting line – so much so, that we were all pushing us all over the line and for the first time in all my years in EBYRA, we had a General Recall. And so we went at it again, the second time not that much different from the first – very tight, very close to the edge, but at least the committee could see that only one boat was over – USS Exhilaration. Unfortunately for Captain Walasek, they couldn't turn back to restart right away because they were sandwiched between us and USS Chaika.

We did a quick tack to get out of Chaika's bad air (Richie Coar ate a burrito earlier – pee-uuu) and then tackded back, choosing the left side of the course, hoping to catch more breeze as it whipped around the edge of Kings Point. The crew tacked the boat with pure expertise and the tactic paid off - big time. The Enterprise was the first, by quite a bit, to round the windward mark.

The wind direction called for a jibe set and the maneuver went like clockwork. The wind was getting lighter and shifting a bit, so we chose to go left again, hoping to catch the header off the Throgs Neck Bridge. And again, it all paid off. We were, without a doubt, kicking ass. Until –

Two barges, running two different directions, put our tactic to the side in favor of a little thing called survival. I tried to tell the crew that they were simply barges and that we were a starship, but they didn't seem to think it mattered. And, when the shields were non-responsive and we couldn't get the photon torpedoes online, jibing seemed like the only solution left.

Boy, do we need to practice our jibes. Our jibe was uglier than a holiday weekend in Missouri. And, because of that and jibing too early because of the barge traffic, we let The Terrorist get by us. Nevertheless, it was a great feeling sailing across the finish line ahead of Chaika. In the dark, I yelled out our ship’s name and sail number, and for the benefit of the committee alone due to their dark hull, I hailed that it was Chaika behind us.

And again, I repeated, even louder, that it was Chaika behind us, just for the benefit of the committee. At least that’s my story and I'm sticking to it.

We returned to the mooring and out came the wine, the food and the ship's speakers blasting Creedence Clearwater Revival's "There’s a bathroom on the right" on WCBS-FM. The night was incredible! Captain Dave, Yeoman Brittany and Crewman Kenny decided to stay on board for a while the rest of us got on the launch, but, at the last minute, Kenny decided not to be, as he put it, "the meat in that sandwich" and made a bold leap for the launch – right onto, and through, the Styrofoam cooler. He couldn't have hit it better if he were aiming for it.

All systems are go for this weekend's Captain's Island Race. The season aint over yet!