Captain's Log: Stardate 10153.7
The evening started last night with Crewman Beth, basically the new ABBy, reminding me that she has not yet received her crew uniform.

"Don't do it," Ellen remarked. "Once you give her a shirt, she'll stop showing up."

What do you mean? Last guy I gave a shirt to was Luke and he.... Oh. I see your point.

But, with Captain Dave's endorsement of her dependability, I think I'll take the risk. Plus it's always fun to swear someone in - I, state your name, do solemnly swear to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life, and so on.

What can I say about last night's race other than five knots of breeze equals a real Kobayashi Maru situation for us? We were with the fleet, but we were looking at more sterns than bows. We had all the data imaginable about currents, but our strategy looked like crap when all of the best boats in Division 6 did something completely opposite. Left instead of right, right instead of left. It's all just so confusing.

And, I won't even begin to mention how awkward I felt running a race without my big unit out. Oh well, this is why we have throwouts.

The big plus is that we are getting better - by leaps and bounds. We start great, tack great, set great and now even jibe great, thanks to enhanced communication and some partially obscene finger gestures.

I think the key remains to be talking about wind, waves and procedures. Even when we're back at the Morris tent having dinner.

But how do I stop downwind comparisons of Chuck Norris movies and dinnertime Lt. Kurt-researched statistics on website porn data? Especially when, just a few feet away, the crew of the USS Fantasy Girl were talking about spinnaker pole position and tactics?

Maybe, just maybe, if we concentrate on speed and things like clearing the main from the backstay after tacks and jibes, instead of what hours of the day Lee Marvin surfed porn sites while filming Delta Force, we could do better.

Meanwhile, I heard Chuck Norris once kicked a horse in the chin. We now call those animals giraffes.