Stardate 11557.8

Captain's Log: Stardate 11557.8
What an amazing sight -- to see the Enterprise floating again with her crew on board ready to go. Down below, waiting for its first run, was a brand new Beta Marine 30 diesel engine with 0.1 hours on her.

After a small temperature issue (an air pocket in the fresh-water system that was cured by a half-bottle of Aquafina - available in fine marine supply stores everywhere,) we were on our way out of the Consolidated docks into City Island Harbor and then over to Eastchester Bay to compete again in the Wednesday Night Race Series.

"We missed you," "Welcome back," "Really happy to see you back on the water," and "hope your new engine lives long and prospers" were just a few of the comments we received over the radio and e-mail.

The Enterprise has returned!

Missing for the night were Crewman Elizabeth and Ensign Ceaser, who both apparently did not have a long enough break from sailing.

Our start put us right in the middle of a very crowded line, but we gained some speed as soon as we found some clear air. Our tacks were sharp, well-executed and fast. I mean, wow, really well executed and fast.

"You guys are doing amazing! Did you crew on another boat while we were out of commission?" I asked.

"Shh. Don't tell him," I heard in a conversation from the foredeck.

As Wuestwind and Sea Castle fought it out for first and second, we were solidly in third around each mark and all the way to the finish line.

A really wonderful first night back -- and not a single comment about how everything was delayed a week and a half while we waited on a new shaft to be put into my bottom. That is, until we were taking down the main sail and Lt. Ellen asked Lt. Kurt if he had a strap on, followed by Ensign Dave Jr.'s Yonkers High School Football hopes to become a tight end.

For next week's race, we will have a special guest crew person, a name-partner in one of St. Louis' top litigation firms, who has sailed in the Chicago-Mac and regularly races on the brown-water Mississippi (which, by the way, has brown water for a completely different reason than why Eastchester Bay had brown water for so many years. Thank you New York City Sewer Department.)

On a separate note, I recently donated $10 to a group of charities favorited by J.J. Abrams, which earned me this badge to place on this Captain's Log blog:

Don't get the wrong idea -- it's not because I care about those charities as well or any of that crap. That $10, besides providing me with a minimal tax deduction, also gives me 100 entries in a drawing to win a walk-on role in STAR TREK Beyond, the next movie due to be released in Winter 2016. So, fingers crossed, you may get to see me on the deck of another Enterprise soon.