Stardate 11673.5

Captain's Log: Stardate 11673.5
This past weekend, Ellen and I hosted a celebratory sail on board the Enterprise for the captain and crew of New Freedom (a/k/a the Kotex Krew) as part of my thanks for welcoming me on their boat and a well-sailed racing season. Naturally, we wanted to make the voyage as special as possible, so we decided on a good supply of beer, Romulan Ale, and snacks and then finish it all off with a rock concert by none other than ZZ Top.

However, due to budget cuts, we only could afford to bring in Dusty Hill:


And then, unfortunately, we learned that without Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, Dusty mainly belts out unamplified Irish sea shanties. Oh well.

Nevertheless, after seeing him on board and after an hour in the car the next day on the way to the Norwalk Boat Show with my trusty iTunes playlist, I can't help but make my first ever (and quite possibly the last) ZZ Top-themed Captain's Log entry. So, sit back, put on your Pearl Necklace and your Cheap Sunglasses....

We left the mooring just before 1300 Hours on a sharp, crisp, first-weekend-of-Fall kind of day. The idea is we'd motor out to the Sound, unfurl the headsail (engage the warp drive) and sail around for the day, no matter how far it takes us. Even if we sailed all the way to La Grange, we were not going to Doubleback.

The first to take the helm was New Freedom's Captain Mark Lasser, donning his brand new, very stylish, fleece jacket freshly embroidered with "New Freedom - 73" on the left chest.


We were all very impressed with the jacket, even the women on board. You know, cause every girl's crazy for a Sharp Dressed Man.

John helped with sail trim while Ben shared his tall tales of sailing through tornadoes on the world's fastest Catalina 30 (La Guardia Airport to Port Jefferson in five hours). I guess that's what happens love takes you downtown and you're just looking for some Tush.

Rob took some great photographs (as shown in this log) and Robb made himself right at home on the foredeck. There was one point when he tried to render the Enterprise's winches useless and tried to prove to all he's Bad -- and he's Nationwide.


Look at him go -- he must be some kind of Rough Boy.

A special thanks to my wife Ellen for all the help organizing the drinks, plates, napkins, snacks and more. I was especially impressed at her balance climbing over this and that while the Enterprise rolled over waves at Warp 6. In a nutshell, she's got Legs. And she knows how to use them. That's right, honey, Gimme All Your Lovin. All your hugs and kisses too.

We returned to standard orbit around 1700 Hours and passed around the rest of the snacks and, yes, it's true, Romulan Ale:


All in all, a great day on the water. In a few short weeks, the Enterprise will be decommissioned for the season and hauled for the winter. And, I've noticed I'm pretty much out of ZZ Topisms, except for, maybe, in late January of 2017 when I head to: