Captain's Log: Stardate 11155.3
While we certainly weren't short on crew for last night's race, we were missing a few key people in key positions and had to do some shuffling around.

Lt. Jonathan took over control of the mainsail usually run by Lt. Kenny, who is spending this week and next in Hong Kong, most likely helping the Chinese decide which parts of America they should acquire.

Crewman Beth took over the pit, usually run by Crewman Emily, who would rather see U2 in concert than go sailing. Really? Had this been the late 80's I may have agreed, but things went downhill fast once they released Zooropa.

Commander Jory and Commander Richard took over the grinding from Crewman Alex, who used work as an excuse to not boldly go.

And, finally, Lt. Kurt filled in for Lt. Ellen handling release and operations. Still, Kurt refused to break into song at the very mention of any 70's lyric. I was waiting for someone to ask me how I was feeling after pulling a maneuver near the start, to which I would have replied, "First I was afraid. I was petrified. Kept think I could never live without you by my side."

As we prepped for the start in the 10-12 breeze, I watched with delight as Lt. Commander Mitch, Lt. Jonathan and Commander Richard bickered about the main shape, backstay, vang, halyard, draft and tell tales. In the end, our halyard was way low and the Enterprise had more Cunningham than a first season rerun of "Happy Days".

We had a very nice start, in fresh air, and in front of most of the fleet. A few tactical moves towards the right side of the course and we were holding our own against the others. Our first spinnaker set was fast and well orchestrated, despite the very short leg to set up. We lost some ground on the second windward leg, following Choucas, Forza and Upchucka to the right side again. The wind went light in a few spots, which pretty much sealed our fate. The second chute set, where the halyard started going upwards but with no chute attached to it, didn't make all that much difference in the grand scheme of things.

Still, I'm proud of the crew. They worked hard and were in places that they were out of their comfort zone. We have seven more races this season and our past performance has us pretty low in the rankings, but with some concentration and some hard work, we may be able to pull ourselves out of the cellar.

In the meantime, I want to remind the crew to stay cool and hydrated over the next few days while the east coast feels like it'll be 100 million miles closer to the sun.