Captain's Log: Stardate: 10873.5
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. I have just submitted our entry.

As in years past, 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 or, for a much simpler way to donate, you may donate online at our new fundraising website: http://www.firstgiving.com/starship.

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