Stardate 11446.6

Captain's Log: Stardate 11446.6

After two long weeks of repairs and upgrades, I'm happy to report that the Enterprise has returned home to its standard orbit around Starbase One / Earth (that's back on the mooring a few hundred yards from the yacht club.) Thanks to Ensign Ceaser and my wife for their help in bringing the ship back home, re-rigging and straightening up so that she'll be ready for the weekend and next week's return to racing.

Even though it took longer than expected, Consolidated Yacht Yards did a great job on the new sealed-up keel and the installation (finally) of the new Tacktick wind instrument and Raymarine Wireless Mast Rotation Sensor, which will act solely as a repeater for the wind instrument's wireless signal. The first thing I did when I got on board was hit the power switch, and, to quote the words of Chef Emeril Lagasse... BAM!

That's right. For the first time since I bought this thing two years ago, I was getting wind readings outside of the box (not that the wind is usually that much stronger in Western Long Island Sound anyway).

We picked up the mooring at 5:45 with enough slime and growth on it to satisfy the "seek out new life forms" part of our mission for the next several years. The genoa was back on the forestay, hoisted and furled by 6:20 -- we could have made racing. That is, if Dave and Dave Jr. weren't taking the night off and Kurt wasn't stuck in bed with a flu-induced fever. Better we skipped it.

And that decision felt better and better as we watched the fleet go slower and slower, seeing the wind drop to 2.1. And yes, that reading came from our working wind instrument!

This weekend, I'll work on some more of my engine-control upgrades and, perhaps, get a voyage in. Though, to be perfectly honest, I have just as much fun staying put and tinkering as taking a trip around the Sound.