Captain's Log: Stardate 11124.7
Despite the chilly air and the forecast for snow tomorrow (aaaaaarrrrrgh!!), my calendar still says it's Springtime -- and just a few short weeks from the launch of the Enterprise and the start of a great season of racing and boating here in New York.

Having spent some time on board during the warmer of the weekend days, we've already done some big upgrades and repairs. And, thanks to the annual Defender Warehouse Sale, paint and parts are now on the way -- all to keep us on schedule for launch.

On a side note; most of the crew (except, maybe, my father) don't know my sister Jan,who is a producer on Live! with Regis and Kelly, that daytime talk show featuring a man older than the planet itself and a woman who is skinny enough to replace the Cryptkeeper. The reason Jan is pretty much an unknown on the Enterprise because her idea of sailing usually involves sunbathing, a cocktail and a nap -- not exactly a recipe for going fast.

Anyway, Jan's been involved with something pretty major lately. On February 25th, Dean Karnazes, renowned ultra-marathon runner and one of Time Magazine's most influential people, began a cross-country run, starting in California. Think Forrest Gump without the Robert Zemeckis editing team.

For nearly 75 days, Dean will be running 40 to 50 miles daily, from CA to the Regis and Kelly studio in NY – expecting to finish in mid-May -- entirely Jan's project for the show.

The purpose of the run is to raise awareness of health and fitness in the U.S., particularly for children and he and the Live! with Regis and Kelly show have aligned with Action for Healthy Kids, the nation's leading, nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment. This organization is focused on helping schools become healthier places and encourages kids to learn more about good health.

To learn more about the event, you can visit the Live! with Regis and Kelly website. And, if you feel the need to help out with a tax-deductable donation, please visit the donation site.

As you can imagine, this is a highlight in Jan's career (it's all downhill from here, Jan) and a great opportunity to do your part for this great cause.