Captain's Log: Stardate 11236.3
I am proud to report that the Starship Enterprise was launched out of spacedock yesterday to assume standard orbit around City Island, NY -- thanks to the help of Captain Dave, Lt. Kurt and Lt. Ellen.

The launch sequence has always been a bit of a stressful time for me, especially during those first moments when the Enterprise is transferred from jackstands onto the "creeper", then rolled over to the slings, then rolled to the launch point and finally lowered into the water. My usual warning to the yard master of "you drop it, you buy it" doesn't do anything to relieve the anxiety.

One of the most amazing parts of the day was as the Enterprise was headed towards the water:

I'm still not sure why Jerry Goldsmith and the London Symphony Orchestra were hanging around the MYBC boat yard, but I didn't bother to ask.

The rest of the launch went smoothly:

In no time we had the impulse engines fired up and were on our way to standard orbit. Lt. Ellen was given the job of shooting video of our slow cruise out to the mooring, but she was, for some reason, distracted:

The sails are now all on board and the Enterprise is ready to continue her missions in the Final Frontier. First race is Wednesday. The order is given: Warp Speed!