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    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Oriental Town Hall

    Introduction to Race Management

    SCOO/NSA Seminar Series

    Learn the basics of running a sailboat race on the water including setting courses and starting lines, signal flags and shapes, timekeeping, etc.  First of 2 parts.  Classroom session on Race Management in the morning followed by an on-the-water practical training session Saturday afternoon.

    Presenter:  ODC

    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Oriental

    Vessel Safety Examinations

    Cape Lookout Sail and Power Squadron is partnering with NSA again to perform a vessel safety check on Saturday, March 24th 2018. Brian McLamb will be coordinating the examiners and skippers requesting the safety check by registering here. Be sure to sign up before the deadline on March 16 and include vessel location (marina), skipper and phone number.  The examining crew normally gets started around 0900 and will concentrate on vessels in marinas in and around Oriental; vessels will be checked off as they are completed. Thanks to the volunteers for performing this important check!

    Registration is now closed for this event. Registrants will be contacted about their inspection. 

    • 31 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 1 Apr 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Oriental NC
    2018 SailPack Regatta
    Come watch schools from Florida to New York come to Oriental to race and look for the NSA sponsored sails out on the water. 

    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Oriental, NC

    The Oriental Boat Show this year is in the Oriental Harbor Marina. Make sure you stop by the NSA tent. We also need NSA members to work shifts in the tent to greet potential members and answer questions. Please contact Donna Ryder, Vice Commodore of Membership at if you'd like to help.

    More information about the boat show is available at


    Look for possible NSA sponsored seminars. See the Events List for details.


    Oriental’s annual In-water Boat Show has grown exponentially since its beginnings in 2009. The 2017 show drew over 100 exhibitors from as far away Hampton, Virginia, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Bryson City, NC. In addition to nautical goods and services, dealers and brokers brought in boats on land and in the slips at Oriental Harbor Marina, many of which were available for in-water sea trials. For more info, see the Oriental Boat Show website.

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Oriental

    NSA Spring Cruise

    You'll Know Where We’re Going
    When We See How It's Blowin'

    Experience the cruising lifestyle by letting the weather decide where you go and how you pick your anchorage, and you'll have an enjoyable weekend for captain and crew alike. We’ll plan the trip, just like you do in the islands… details of our final destination will be discussed a day or two before casting off Saturday, April 28 for a day sail and overnight anchorage. Be sure to monitor the event description here and forum for the event. Bring proper anchoring gear, your dinghy, and provision in advance so you have edibles and drinks to share. Rather than a raft up, use your dinghy to visit or invite others to visit you for a sundowner.

    Cruise Captains
    Lynn Scott
    Stephen Noe

    Find the Spring Cruise Forum here:

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    Cruise Captains, 
    Steve Noe and Lynn Scott
    s/v Serenity

    • 5 May 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Oriental, NC

    Anniversary Race

    NSA's Annual anniversary race is a fun time on the water with a friendly  race off of Oriental. 

    Like previous years we will use the pursuit format for the race (The slower boats start first followed by the faster boats) First boat to finish Wins!

    To assign the start times we will require the “PHRF” rating for each boat registered.

    There will be an after party at the Red Rooster for all who wish to attend. The after party is $10 per person and includes 2 drinks (beer or wine) and pizza. Pay online by registering or at the Red Rooster. 

    Details on timing for the race and party will be posted here later but be sure to subscribe to the event forum below to get updates. 

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    • 26 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Ocracoke Island

    Memorial Day Cruise
    Memorial Day weekend on Ocracoke Island is an annual favorite of NSA 
    members. Traditionally, we have 30 or more NSA boats on this cruise. After your first cruise to Ocracoke, you'll understand why. Known as the "Pearl of the Outer Banks," Ocracoke is a summer vacation haven that offers great restaurants, cool shops, friendly people, nightly entertainment and one of the best beaches in the U.S. 



    ON February 20th at 6:00PM registration for the 2018 Memorial Day Cruise to Ocracoke will open! If you are interested in a slip at the Anchorage Inn and Marina please go to the NSA website to register. We typically are allotted 12 slips which will be assigned 1st come 1st serve based on the order of registration.

    We will send the registration list to the Marina and they will contact you to finalize your registration. The process is they start at the top of the list and continue to call until they assign the available spaces. We will let you know when to expect the call which is usually the 1st/2nd week of March. We will let you know when the Marina has filled the available slips. Do not call the Marina, they will call you.

    If you have any questions please contact Chuck Gordon via email or
          call/text 919 880 7890.


    Cruise Captains
    Chuck Gordon
    Buster Kenny

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    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 24 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sounds and ICW to Edenton

    NSA Week Long Cruise

    The week long cruise this year is planned for the Albemarle Loop.  

    We will be visiting Belhaven, Alligator River, Albemarle Plantation and Edenton.  The trip will include anchoring out as well as marinas to give a mix of locations, even though the return trip covers some of the same waters.

    For those with extra time, a "cruise extension" is also planned to Ocracoke.

    The tentative float plan is as follows:

    • June 16 to June 24 – Total of 9 Days
    • Day 1: Oriental to anchorage outside Alligator River – Pongo River canal. (46 Nm)
      • There is good anchoring just off the ICW route as well as further inside in Cranberry Bay
      • With this being day 1, we can leave things a bit loose, but possibly we could do a dinghy raft up with drinks and appetizers
    • Day 2: Pongo River canal to Alligator River Marina (37 Nm) or north end of Alligator River anchorage (40 Nm)
    • Day 3: Alligator River Marina to Albemarle Plantation Marina (28 Nm)
    • Day 4: Lay Day at Albemarle Plantation
    • Day 5: Albemarle Plantation to Edenton Town Dock (17 Nm)
      • Edenton is a short distance from Albemarle Plantation, and a nice quaint town
      • We can take trolley tours, tour historic homes and museums, and the screw pile lighthouse
      • Great restaurant opportunities here
    • Day 6: Lay Day in Edenton
    • Day 7: Edenton to anchorage at south end of Alligator River near Tuckahoe Point (56 Nm)
    • Day 8: Alligator River anchorage to River Forest Marina in Belhaven (30 Nm).  Alternate marina in Dowry Creek.
      • End of cruise party
    • Day 9: Belhaven to home ports in Oriental (40 Nm)

    Extension for those that can cruise for 2 weeks:

    • Day 9: Lay Day in Belhaven
    • Day 10: Belhaven to Ocracoke
    • Day 11 -13: Lay Days in Ocracoke
    • Day 14: Ocracoke to Home (37 Nm)

    Cruise Captains
    Pat Kenyon
    Jeff Kenyon

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    • 6 Jul 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 8 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Belhaven

    Dog Days Cruise

    For our middle-of-the-season Dog Days Cruise we'll shake off the July heat with a run up the Bay River, into the Hobucken Cut (ICW), then across the Pamlico River and up the Pungo River to historic Belhaven.  There is often good sailing even in summer in the Bay, Pamlico and Pungo rivers.

    We will be docking at the restored River Forest Manor and Marina in Belhaven,  which is just beyond the breakwater and a short walk to downtown.  The 1899 River Forest Manor in its prime attracted celebrities, politicos and wealthy stakeholders including American actor and dancer James Cagney, cartoonist Robert Ripley, businessman Harvey Firestone and British model Twiggy, and gained the attention of national newspapers and magazines including National Geographic. 

    The property fell into disrepair in 2011. It was then purchased by a group of Belhaven residents and local investors in October 2014. Since then the River Forest Manor & Marina has been transformed to meet the original owner's vision of a grand place to entertain the most lavish parties and events.

    The Manor and Marina has has become a must-visit stop along the Intracostal Waterway and a meeting place for boaters from all over the East Coast. 

    Cruise Captains
    Donna Crothers
    Carl Crothers

    • 28 Jul 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Oriental, NC

    Dinghy Poker Run

    The 12th Annual Neuse Sailing Association Charity Dinghy Poker Run takes place on Saturday, July 28, on the Tiki Bar deck at the Oriental Marina and Inn. The Poker Run is open to everyone and membership

    in the NSA is not required to join in the fun plus members are encouraged to bring guests as “the more the merrier”.   

     More Details to Come

     Plenty of volunteers are needed to help with set-up, registration, food service, card stops and cleanup so please contact Wade Ellison, s/v Anticipation Too @ if you can help.  Remember, you can volunteer and participate , so please, help this year's Poker Run be another success







    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    Lazy Days Cruise

    We are planning for a day sail and then land-based gathering at Sea Harbour Yacht Club on Saturday, Or possibly anchoring out in South River on Saturday and the party at Sea Harbour on Sunday. 

    Cruise Captains
    Pat Kenyon
    Jeff Kenyon

    Details coming 

    • 1 Sep 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 3 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Our annual Labor Day Cruise finds us sailing to Cape Lookout for the long weekend. Like the Memorial Day Cruise, most of the fleet will meet Saturday at 0800 near Oriental No. 1 where we sail across the Neuse to Adams Creek and from there motor down the ICW to the Newport River. Then, we head out Beaufort Inlet for the short sail in the ocean to Lookout Bight and anchor across from Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

    On Saturday we’ll have a social on the beach  as we enjoy the pristine beauty of this special place.  Please plan to join us and bring your favorite appetizer, dish or dessert to share for this very special cruise.

    Be sure to register for this cruise if you decide to go so we know how much supplies to bring. Also subscribe to the forum for this event. Hit the link below. 

    Event Forum

     We'll see you in the Bight!

    • 21 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 23 Sep 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • River Dunes

    Harborfest for Heartworks

    Another sailing oriented event is this two-night charitable event held on Grace HarborThis two-day event benefits over 400 at-risk children and their families in Pamlico and the surrounding counties that are served annually by HeartWorks‘ counseling, developmental day care, after school and summer programs.  Harborfest is held each year to benefit HeartWorks, a 501(c)(3) not for profit, whose mission is to address the underserved mental and physical health needs of children and their families in Pamlico and the surrounding counties.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • TBD

    Location TBD. Details coming.

    Cruise Captains
    Sandy Emerson
    Scott Westwood

    Event Forum


    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • 28 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Ocracoke
    Registration is closed

    2018 Halloween Cruise

    NSA will be heading back to Ocracoke for Halloween!  Be sure to bring your pirate outfit since this year is the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard's final battle off Ocracoke.  The Pirate Jamboree is sure to be festive this year!  For more information see the Pirate Jamboree page. We will be opening registration in early July to meet an August 1 deadline for all boat information to the Anchorage Marina.  We will send an email to all members, but plan to be ready to register for this event which is sure to be popular!

    Cruise Captains
    Becky Griffin
    Paul Griffin

    Event Forum

    For further information:

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • River Dunes

    2018 Commodore's BallDetails to come 

Past events

17 Mar 2018 2018 Shrimperoo
17 Mar 2018 Diesel Engine Maintenance
10 Mar 2018 Vessel Surveys/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
3 Mar 2018 BSC and NYRA Rules Seminar
3 Mar 2018 Chartering in the Caribbean
26 Feb 2018 Photo Contest
24 Feb 2018 2018 Oyster Roast
24 Feb 2018 NOAA NWS Weather Forecasting
17 Feb 2018 Oriental - Sailing Capital of North Carolina
10 Feb 2018 Navigation Rules Refresher
1 Jan 2018 Instead of Football Regatta
9 Dec 2017 Christmas Flotilla
8 Dec 2017 Spirit of Christmas
11 Nov 2017 2017 Commodore's Ball
11 Nov 2017 2017 Annual Membership Meeting
28 Oct 2017 2017 Halloween Cruise
21 Oct 2017 NSA Seminar Series: Sailing in the World ARC (Round the World Rally)
14 Oct 2017 2017 Fall Cruise
5 Oct 2017 Annapolis Boat Show
30 Sep 2017 Seminar: All About Open CPN Chart Plotter Navigation
23 Sep 2017 2017 Harborfest
15 Sep 2017 2017 Oriental Regatta
9 Sep 2017 NSA Seminar Series: All about Batteries and charging systems
2 Sep 2017 2017 Labor Day Cruise
19 Aug 2017 2017 Lazy Days Cruise
5 Aug 2017 NSA Seminar Series: Emergency Signaling Devices
29 Jul 2017 NSA Seminar Series: Cruising the Bahamas
22 Jul 2017 2017 Dinghy Poker Run
9 Jul 2017 2017 Week-Long Cruise II (Ocean)
8 Jul 2017 2017 Dog Days Cruise
17 Jun 2017 Week Long Cruise 1
27 May 2017 Memorial Day Cruise
20 May 2017 NSA Cruising Primer
6 May 2017 NSA Seminar Series: Our sail to Cuba, the forbidden paradise
6 May 2017 2017 Anniversary Race
21 Apr 2017 2017 Oriental Boat Show
15 Apr 2017 Easter Cruise
8 Apr 2017 Sail Trim Seminar
25 Mar 2017 Man Overboard Seminar
18 Mar 2017 Shrimperoo


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