The Nogura Regatta is a Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It is the 13th story in the US Comic Strips series, published daily in newspapers over a period of seven weeks by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. The story was set after TOS movie: The Motion Picture, depicting events from Captain Kirk's second five-year mission aboard the refurbished USS Enterprise (NCC-1701). In this story, a starship race celebrating Admiral Heihachiro Nogura's birthday is threatened by pirates.
- Captain's Log: Stardate 7760.5.
- With the Bebebebeque colony now safely transplanted on another uninhabited world, the Enterprise returns to Starfleet Command Headquarters…
Kyoshi Nogura organized a rally-style race between six starships to celebrate the birthday of his grandfather, Admiral Heihachiro Nogura. Two other captains participating were Kirk’s friend Bob Clark with the Cutter Class USS Rim Explorer and Kirk’s former Academy student Vera DiMarco with the USS Bold Venture. Kirk’s command crew were initially hesitant to participate, but Kirk won them over with the notion of competing for the pride of Starfleet.
That evening, Kirk had dinner with DiMarco, who tried to get Kirk to reveal weaknesses to the Enterprise leftover from their battle with the Kzinti. Kirk said she’d been an unusually aggressive and competitive student. McCoy compared her to a Dalgorian water viper.Early the next day, Kyoshi explained the rally-style rules to Kirk’s crew. Ships were handicapped to equalize their capabilities, and each was given a sealed pouch to unseal at a designated checkpoint that would reveal a mission to complete en route. As a “warp 12 cruiser,” the Enterprise would depart last. Amongst themselves, Kyoshi and two cadet friends discussed how the race, Kyoshi’s Psychology term project, was designed to “bring out the best and the worst in all participants.”
Clark’s ship reached its checkpoint and was directed to the Hydra Daco system to retrieve a deep-sea batfish. DiMarco tried to break open her pouch before reaching their checkpoint. Enterprise left at 0740 hours at warp 7. At its checkpoint, Kirk learned he had to retrieve a Thorian blood rock on a planet deep within Free Trader Lanes, an area notorious for criminal activity.Kyoshi’s cadets docked at a Free Trader station and met with Captain Sturdevant, commander of a massive Free Trader pirate vessel. Kyoshi paid Sturdevant to delay the racers, but the pirate instead kidnapped the cadets, headed to the Hydra Daco system, and destroyed Rim Explorer. Focused on the race, DiMarco ignored Rim Explorer’s distress call, but the Enterprise diverted and rescued Bob Clark's crew.
- Captain's Log: Stardate 7759.3.
- The Enterprise is in orbit around Thoris Amarnis 4…
- USS ‘’Enterprise’’ crew
- James T. Kirk • Spock • Leonard McCoy • Montgomery Scott • Hikaru Sulu • Pavel Chekov • Nyota Uhura
- Referenced only
- Christine Chapel • Heihachiro Nogura
- Other characters
- Vera DiMarco • Bob Clark • Kyoshi Nogura • Urdiss • Sturdevant • Charlie (pirate) • Melkis
Starships and vehiclesEdit
- USS Enterprise • USS Bold Venture • USS Rim Explorer • Unidentified Daedalus-style starship • Unidentified Starfleet cruiser • Unidentified Cutter Class ship • UFP Academy ship • Free Trader Ship
- Starfleet Command Headquarters • Free Trader Lanes • Free Trader Base • Hydra Daco system • Thoris Amarnis 4
- Referenced only
- Beta 5 • Chinatown
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#14: “A Merchant's Loyalty”
“The Wristwatch Plantation”
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“Heads of State”
- This story arc was not printed with a title. The title was created for the story's reprinting in The Newspaper Comics, Volume 2.
- This is the 13th of 20 story arcs set after the events of TOS movie: The Motion Picture, and is set during Captain Kirk's second five-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701). It is the last comic strip story written by Sharman DiVono and the last strip produced in which the crew wears uniforms from TOS movie: The Motion Picture.
- This story was produced before TOS movie: The Search For Spock introduced Spacedock. Starfleet Command Headquarters was drawn similar to the orbital office complex in TOS movie: The Motion Picture, except with oblong modules surrounding it instead of cylindrical ones. While docked, on the last panel of the story, DiMarco asked Kirk to dinner in Chinatown. It wasn’t explicitly stated if that was on Earth. The same image, with some shading added, was used to represent Starbase 22 on 3/22/81, the debut of comic story arc #8, It's a Living.
- Six starships were in the race. Scotty said “at least 3 classes of ship” were racing. Five classes were evident in the two panels that showed all six ships, one panel from 7/25/82 and the other from 7/26/82. The six ships were the Enterprise, Bold Venture, Cutter Class vessel Rim Explorer, and three unidentified ships each shown once and only from the side. One was an unidentified Daedalus-style starship, with a spherical primary hull attached to one or more 2270s-era warp nacelles. Another was an unidentified cruiser, with a flying-disc domed primary hull attached to one or more 2270s-era warp engines. The third, shown very small, seems like a second, unidentified Cutter Class ship.
- This story begins immediately after the previous story, The Wristwatch Plantation, with a log entry closing out events from that story.
- Chronologically, comic story arcs 7 Heads of State and 8 It’s a Living take place after this story.
- Artist Ron Harris said this was his favorite story in the series. It also contained his favorite strip, Sunday July 25, 1982, in which it was suggested that DiMarco had slept with Kirk. In it, DiMarco wore a clingy evening gown, whereas she'd previously worn her uniform, and Kirk was putting his shoes on. (Blog of Ron Harris)
- The artist's impending departure prompted a shorter story, which was printed in newspapers daily over 49 days (7 weeks). (ST reference: New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics)
- Original comic strip writer/artist Thomas Warkentin ghost-illustrated the final two weeks. (Star Trek Communicator Issue 121: "Forgotten Frontiers") The last 12 dailies were unsigned. In addition to differing art styles that distinguish the two artists, their art could be recognized by the shapes of the panels they used. Ron Harris' five stories used rectangular panels, whereas Warkentin's eight stories used rectangular, curved, rounded and circular panels.
- Paul Chadwick provided art assistance for this story. (http://www.hassleinbooks.com/pdfs/TrekComics.pdf) Daily strips signed PCRH (Paul Chadwick/Ron Harris) were 7/19, 7/20, 7/22, 7/23 and 7/24/82. 7/21 was signed PCRHTW (Paul Chadwick/Ron Harris/Thomas Warkentin). Chadwick may also have helped with the 7/18/82 Sunday strip, as its inking style sharply differs from prior and subsequent Sunday strips, yet is similar in style to the art of the dailies that week.
- TOS novel: The Great Starship Race – The USS Enterprise competed in The Great Starship Race in 2269, but the competition was marred by the arrival of a Romulan warship.
- TNG comic: "Ill Wind, Part One" – The USS Enterprise-D provided security and assistance for the Centauris' Cup in 2370, the Federation's major bi-yearly starship race.
- VOY episode: "Drive" – Voyager’s Delta Flyer entered the first Antarian Trans-stellar Rally in 2377.
- TOS comic: "Husian Gambit" - Kirk encountered Morgan Avery, another female starship captain.