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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help.
More information about the boat show is available at www.orientalboatshow.com/
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.
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 CaptainsLynn Scott
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Cruise Captains, Steve Noe and Lynn Scott
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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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.
MEMORIAL DAY CRUISE REGISTRATION – This Tuesday FEBRUARY 20, 6PM
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 email@example.com or
call/text 919 880 7890.
Cruise CaptainsChuck GordonBuster Kenny
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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:
Extension for those that can cruise for 2 weeks:
Cruise CaptainsPat Kenyon
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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 CaptainsDonna Crothers
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. Remember, you can volunteer and participate , so please, help this year's Poker Run be another success.
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 CaptainsPat Kenyon
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.
We'll see you in the Bight!
Harborfest for Heartworks
Another sailing oriented event is this two-night charitable event held on Grace Harbor. This 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.
Location TBD. Details coming.
Cruise CaptainsSandy Emerson
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 CaptainsBecky Griffin
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