Captain's Log: Stardate 11282.8
Well it looks like Hurricane Sandy has come and left, leaving behind millions of dollars of damage and people stranded without power for what could be more than a week. I hope the crew of the Enterprise and all the fans of the Captain's Log blog are OK.

This afternoon, Lt. Commander Ellen and I took the shuttlecraft to City Island to see if the Enterprise was all right, especially after hearing of the 12.7 feet of higher water at Kings Point and the fire that wiped out Tony's Pier Restaurant on the west side of French Fry Point.

As we approached the club, we found the reports to be true. Tony's was a smoldering shell:


This was sad to see on may levels. Not only was a long-time dining spot on City Island lost, we will probably see an economy-affecting decrease in pharmaceutical sales and heart physicians now that there's less fried food on the island to clog arteries.

But, I'm happy to report that the Enterprise went untouched and weathered the storm just fine:


I wish I could say the same for the City Island Lobster House,


The club's pier,


And, worst of all, the yard at Stuyvesant Yacht Club, where it looks like at least 14 boats have toppled over:



Link to Photos of some of the devastation

Our thoughts and prayers go to all those affected.



Captain's Log: Stardate 11275.7
As the season winds down with only a few weekends left to sail until decommissioning and hauling, I wanted to report on the voyage my wife and I took to meet up with other C&C owners at Mystic Seaport -- boldly going where no Enterprise has gone before.

It would be a 7-day voyage, and of the 18 C&Cs scheduled to appear, the Enterprise would be traveling the farthest distance - almost 200 miles in total.



Day 1: Stardate 11270.7
The Enterprise left Starbase One (City Island) for Port Jefferson, NY on a picture-perfect day with a beautiful breeze. It wasn't long that we were under power (giving the batteries a good charge) until we unfurled the headsail and engaged the Warp Drive hitting Warp 7.2:


Port Jefferson is an amazing little town with fabulous restaurants and shops including a belt-bursting place near the water that sells everything from fudge to gelato to candy bars.

We spent the night at a mooring at Sautucket YC and got plenty of rest for the next leg of our journey.



Day 2: Stardate 11271.0
It felt a little breezy inside Port Jefferson Harbor, but that was nothing compared to what was waiting for us as soon as the Enterprise left the breakwater. 20-25mph winds right on the nose (note to other cruisers -- when you plan a cruise, plan on a 90-degree different course than the one I'm taking) and some major waves, especially close to the shoreline. We hit a couple of 6-footers right off the bat and then a few 10s -- some of which crashed over the bow putting the Enterprise in submarine mode. And, of course, the hatches were open. Kudos to my bride for closing the clothing bags just before the interior of the boat had some waterfalls.

It was a tough trip to Saybrook, especially the first half in the big waves and sometimes barely passing Warp 4 under full throttle. We shot some video, but since the audio was mostly buffeting wind noises, I had to find some music to put in instead. I searched my extensive library of thousands of songs, considering everything from P.O.D.'s "Boom" to Van Halen, but this seemed to be the best choice:



The second half of the leg was much better, especially wave-wise. We accelerated nicely to Warp 6.4 and expected to arrive in Saybrook in time for a late dinner.


Everything was soaked and the deck was covered in a layer of salt, but Saybrook was a nice port and the Dock n Dine Restaurant served up a phenomenal dinner.



Day 3: Stardate 11271.2
Thankfully, after the day we had prior, the next leg to Mystic was the shortest - slightly over 20 miles. Very light air had us motoring the entire trip as the Enterprise went the farthest East she's ever travelled.

To get into Mystic, which was a bit of a concern of mine, you need to get past two bridges. The first was a railroad bridge, which I was told is usually open except when a train is coming, but was closed when we arrived. Thankfully, after a hail on Channel 13, the operator told us to stand by and, in no time at all, it swung open for us.


The second bridge is the Mystic bascule bridge which only opens at 40 minutes after the hour. Of course, we approached at 11:50am. We tried hailing that operator, but he refused to open until the scheduled time.

So we circled, and circled, and circled as locals and vacationers walking along the waterfront pointed and took photos of the Enterprise. We heard a few laughs too, and I'm not sure if they were due to the graphics of the Enterprise or the shirt I was wearing.


And then, at 12:40, the bridge opened as promised.


We maneuvered up the thin channel and contacted the Mystic Seaport dockmaster. A few instructions later, and the Enterprise (the first C&C to arrive) was at her two-night location next to horse-drivin buggies and 19th-century buildings inside the Mystic Seaport Museum.


Best. Cruising Spot. Ever.

Not only are you in a beautiful location, have power and water hookups as well as tons of great restaurants and attractions nearby, you have full access to the seaport after it closes.

And, amazingly enough, visitors to the museum took their attention away from the old sailing vessels and shops to see a new Mystic Seaport attraction: The Enterprise! There were times we were drawing a crowd. I should have charged admission to help the new window fund.

And each hour, more and more C&Cs arrived....


.... until we had a full fleet in attendance!


What an amazing experience meeting and chatting with other C&C owners, including Chuck from Resolute who, with his son Jon, raced with us on the Enterprise last year.

At the cocktail reception, we all got to know each other and chat up our boats. I was especially amazed at the few individuals who came up from far away locations without their boats just to join in on the group and meet C&C designer Rob Ball the next day.



Day 4: Stardate 11271.5
No voyage today -- just a great day seeing the sights of the seaport. I could easily spend a week here walking through the seaport, little shops, aquarium, outlets and perhaps an excursion to one of the local casinos.

The "big event" of the evening was a reception, lecture and Q&A session with Rob Ball, the chief designer of this Enterprise and the one before. Before, however, and while Ellen and I were doing some sightseeing, another C&C'er took this photo of Rob Ball checking out the Enterprise!


Now, had I known, I would have liked to ask him, especially given the body language of the photo, what he was thinking at the time.

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I did get to talk to him 1-on-1 for a while, thanks to my beautiful bride swinging his attention away from others. The biggest question I had was how did a 40-foot boat get named a 37 Plus -- a question that I'm sure he's answered many times before. But, he was a true gentleman and gladly answered everything I asked -- as well as questions posed by others in the group.

At his lecture and Q&A session, he discussed the various designs and how they came to be, but refused to divulge his favorite (C'mon Rob, we all know it's the Enterprise - just say it.) We were there for a couple of hours with 40+ people in attendance -- all C&C owners. I did resist the urge to ask him about the C&C Mega, what many consider to be the "Edsel" of the C&C line.

Ellen and I went into town to have dinner at the Dockside Restaurant, which, ironically, is nowhere near a dock, but the lobster dinners were delicious. We then headed back to the Enterprise to watch a movie on the iPad and get some rest before the first leg of our voyage home.



Day 5: Stardate 11271.8
We planned our departure from the seaport to meet the :40 opening which went perfectly. Chuck from Resolute helped us untie and got this great shot of the Enterprise heading out:


The railroad bridge was open and in no time at all, we had the sails out, screaming along at Warp 8.2 towards our next destination: Clinton, CT.


We stayed the night at the Cedar Island Marina and had a wonderful dinner at Aqua, the onsite restaurant, where we watched the sun set over the many sailboats and fishing boats in the harbor. For those of you who can appreciate the Star Trek II coincidence, we were docked in front of a boat named "Reliant".

Also, in the harbor, we saw a fishing boat with a Snoop Dogg-inspired name that made us laugh: Fishizzle.



Day 6: Stardate 11272.1
The second to last day of our voyage was about 35 miles to the picturesque Southport Harbor and the mooring field of Pequot Yacht Club. I have not been to PYC since I was a teenager, but if I had remembered how protected and beautiful it was, it would have been a destination for the Enterprise many times before.


On one side we had the clubhouse and regal old homes overlooking the water, and on the other, a gorgeous golf course. After a short walk uphill, we were in a very small town and had dinner at the Horseshoe Bar and Cafe - definitely more casual fare than what we've been eating on this trip, but a delicious and welcome change.

And, by the way, for those of you who may be having spouse or girlfriend troubles, across the street was this storefront:




Final Day: Stardate 11272.3
We left Southport early and were greeted by an increasing breeze right on the nose again (see earlier remark about 90-degrees) leaving us to motor the final 30 miles. While a great trip overall, there was something incredibly satisfying about passing Execution Rock, Hart Island and seeing French Fry Point on City Island.

In the end, it was good to be home.But, with some preparation and some planning, I could see us taking a voyage like this again -- maybe next time during a warmer season (we saw temps in the 40's overnight a couple of times -- brrr.)

The sad part is now we're starting our checklist for winterization and hauling on October 20. It looks like 2012 is coming to a close, but I'm looking forward to our adventures in 2013 and beyond.