October 9 2018

'The Neuse Juice'

Volumn 45 Number 10

Chuck Gordon, 


The Commodore's Log


What a month it has been since the last Neuse Juice!! The arrival of “Florence” certainly was not a pleasant event! She was a big storm with lots of wind, rain and high water! I hope that each of you are working your way through the damage Florence left behind. Our members have suffered boat damage, home and property flooding, flooded cars,  dock damage and run away boats! The clean up and repairs have been stressful but I have noticed that many NSA members have been reaching out to help those who need it. Very proud of our members and all the efforts they have put into helping others. If you need help please let us know and we’ll try to get a group to assist you!

Our Fall Cruise to River Dunes is another casualty of Florence. VC of Cruising Jeff and Pat as well as Cruise Captains Sandy and Scott tried very hard to save this event but there just was not enough room at River Dunes for us. So now we have our final cruise of the season to look forward to! VC of Cruising Pat and Jeff and Cruise Captains Becky and Paul have a great Blackbeard/Halloween trip to Ocracoke planned. Hope to see y’all on the island! Thanks to Jeff and Pat and all those who helped them for a marvelous cruising season!

Our last event of NSA TIME 2018 will be the Commodore’s Ball on November 10th at the ever popular and convenient River Dunes. Please go to the website and register for our celebration of a great year! Please sign up as soon as possible to help with our planning! Also, on the morning of November 10th, we will hold our annual meeting at Brantley's-all members encouraged to come!

Thanks to everyone for a very good year for the NSA! We have had a record setting year with membership, participation on the Weeklong and several other cruises, the Dinghy Poker Run and several other land events! We are a growing and strong club and I see this trend continuing. As we plan for 2019 please share your thoughts on ways we can improve the club. All thoughts, suggestions and concerns are welcome.

Look forward to seeing y’all soon!

Chuck Gordon
s/v Pelikan


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 Cruising Outlook

Cruising Outlook

Fall Cruise Cancellation

We have regretfully decided to cancel this year's Fall Cruise to River Dunes.  The marina has extremely limited number of slips and there is another re-scheduled event that has taken up the restaurant's capacity.  Along with several other reasons, it has been decided to cancel this year's Fall Cruise.  We will have to wait and see where Fall takes us next year.

We anxiously await the Halloween Cruise to Ocracoke and hope to see most of you there.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Scott Westwood and Sandra Emerson

Halloween Cruise, October 27 to 28

Ocracoke Island - Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree

We are just a few weeks away from the NSA's invasion of Ocracoke Island for the Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree and Halloween! The dates are October 27 and 28th. We are expecting a great turnout with 24 boats registered and excited that The Anchorage Inn and Marina have accommodated all our club members wishing to dock there. If you have not been contacted yet and you requested a slip, please give them a call and let us know.

There will be plenty of activities all weekend long on the island, so please be sure to check out this schedule of events, don your best pirate costume, and step back in time and live like a pirate! https://www.visitocracokenc.com/event/2018-blackbeards-pirate-jamboree/

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call or e-mail us at 919-210-6494 or griffinpaulj@gmail.com

Paul & Becky Griffin
S/V Blue Mind
Halloween Cruise Captains

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Membership Meeting

2018 Annual Membership Meeting


The NSA annual meeting, which is open to all NSA members, will be November 10th at Brantley's in the back room.  Breakfast, if you desire, is from 8am – 9am. The meeting will begin at 9am and we will review the past year and be open to discussion about what the membership would like to see improved to help strengthen the club. At this meeting we will elect the coming year's bridge.  We had a nominating committee who began working on this year's slate of nominees in late June! I would like to thank Sharon Stephenson (past commodore), Carl Crothers (past commodore) and Donna Crothers ( multi talented member) for assisting me in this process. To see the  slate of candidates who will lead the 2019 NSA, visit the annual meeting link on the website here.

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Misto in Indonesia, Christmas Island and Cocoa Keeling

Lombok, Indonesia is a beautiful island right at the south of Indonesia. We enjoyed excursions to see the sights, including temples, monkeys and and beautiful local weaving. Regrettably the north of the island was devastated by the earthquake there about 2 months ago, with whole villages razed to the ground. Mount Rinjani, normally a Mecca for trekking, is closed for that reason. It’s very sad that a major source of income, tourism, has been severely affected.  At the dinner on the last evening, we received first prize for the Darwin to Lombok leg. 

The next leg to Christmas Island was very fast and rather lumpy. A weather system to the south brought confused seas and great wind for sailing. We had to watch carefully for local fishing boats on this leaf which often did not show up on our radar. 

Christmas Island is an isolated Australian community where the major source of work is the local phosphate mine. We rafted 2 or 3 boats to each mooring bouy in Flying Fish Bay. The island is famous for its red crab migration and we did a local tour to see the unusual local flora and fauna. 

Here hurricane Florence intervened and it became necessary for Ros to return to Oriental. Howard, Martin and Helen continues on to Cocos Keeling. They report that this is a beautiful coral atoll with great snorkeling. Misto will be a week late departing to enable Ros to rejoin and we will catch up with the fleet in Mauritius. 

We are thinking of all those affected by hurricane Florence and hope that your boats and homes did not suffer too badly. 


Ros and Howard Cheetham
s/v Misto

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