Stardate 11339.2

Captain's Log: Stardate 11339.2
There was a documentary on the History Channel last week about the science of Star Trek, with a bulk of the interviews and footage dedicated to the big question: Is Warp Drive possible?

Well, after drifting around in 5 knots of breeze that quickly diminished to less than 1, it certainly felt like a big "NO"! It was a struggle enough to get around the first mark of the 5-leg course (more on that later) but it just got progressively worse as we continued on with the Enterprise's speedometer registering Warp 0.7 during the gusts.

And that was even with our newly-installed dilithium-powered warp core:



Yes, it's on the boat. And yes, it lights up like that. And yes, it's wired to the 12V circuit panel to a switch that is labelled "Warp Core".

As I see it: Hey, if you're going to geek out, might as well just go big. Life is short.

On board was most of the crew, all adjusting nicely to our more relaxed mode of sailboat racing. No spinnaker sheets, no chute repacking, no screaming. The night just ran a little too long and we were not able to enjoy the bottle of wine we found especially for my father, Commander Richard:



I know it's an inside joke -- but. believe me, it's a funny one.

A very big help was Acting Ensign Dave Jr., who thanks to his growth spurt and the consumption of five tacos for lunch, helped the Enterprise move as fast as it possibly could by getting his weight onto the leeward rail.

In fact, I think that will be the name of my John Steinbeck-esqe autobiography: "Five Tacos on the Leeward Rail". Got a nice ring to it -- could be a bestseller.

And speaking of books, I think this one could come in handy for the people that were on the RC boat last night:



It all started with the Race Committee setting a 8-10 mile course in 5-knots of dying breeze. Dudes -- when the scratch boat in the division starts saying "Damn, that's a long course for this breeze," you know there's a problem. And then, the line was set where the committee boat is favored by like 20 degrees.

So I call them on it. The response I get is "It's fluctuating. It'll be all right."

By the time the first division went off, the boat was favored by 35-40 degrees and holding. Did they stop and reset to provide a more proper and adequate starting line? No! Why would they?

And then to add insult to injury (or should that be "incompetence to idiocy"?) they publish results saying the race was cancelled when the rules CLEARLY state that each boat that started gets a score of S towards qualifying when boats start a race and none finish. Redress filed!

Maybe I should just learn to not care anymore. All I can hope for is that racing (both the conditions and committee work) is better next week.