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NSA Officers and Directors


Paul Griffin, Commodore


commodore@neusesailingassociation.org

Paul and Becky, spurred on by the realization that life is short and a desire to one day sail around the world, bought their first sailboat and joined the NSA in 2015. What they lacked in experience, they made up for with enthusiasm, and have thoroughly enjoyed the various day sails, races, cruises and impromptu raft ups with fellow NSA members. Becky and Paul sail a Lagoon 380, which they keep at River Dunes. They recently welcomed a baby girl, Grace Marie, in August 2017. She will be the life of the party at the 2018 social events!




Jeff Kenyon, Vice Commodore/ Cruising

Jeff and Pat Kenyon sail a Tartan 4100, “Calitri”, out of Sea Harbor Yacht Club.  Jeff and Pat both grew up sailing Sunfish and graduated to a Hobie Cat 18 when they first met. They took sailing lessons at the Boston Harbor Sailing Club, and subsequently bought their first cruising boat, a Tartan 3500 named “Wind Streek”.  Jeff and Pat have owned a home in Oriental since 2005, joining the NSA as newsletter members shortly thereafter.  In 2012, they sailed Calitri from Boston to Oriental where they now are full time residents.  Having enjoyed sailing throughout their lives, they plan to do longer term cruising aboard Calitri in the future when the commitments of work and life allow! Cruising Role

Pat Thomaier, Vice Commodore/ Finance

John and Pat acquired a 1985 Endeavour E33 five years ago, a significant jump up from the 16 ft. Pintail that their son Andrew had been sailing on the waters around Oriental. John and Pat have since sailed Midnight Mary have since sailed Midnight Mary along the east coast waterways from Charleston to the Chesapeake, including many memorable outings with the NSA.  They split their time between Raleigh and Oriental.


Tracy Vail & Robert Pugh, Vice Commodores/ Communications

vccommunications@neusesailingassociation.org
Tracy has been sailing aboard Solveig, an 1986 Ericson 35 MKIII, since her father purchased her in the mid 80s.  Solveig was named after Tracy's grandmother and has been in the family since with many happy memories of children, cousins and aunts and uncles enjoying adventures on the Chesapeake.  In the Fall of 2016, Tracy's uncle decided it was finally time for her to take her turn at owning the vessel.   After "life" interfered with their plans to take a leisurely cruise with friends from Annapolis to Oriental this past spring, Robert and a hired captain transported Solveig to Oriental in June 2017 where she now resides at Pecan Grove Marina.  Tracy and Robert have enjoyed jumping into activities with NSA and look forward to more in 2018.


Mary and Kevin Guilfoyle Vice Commodores/ Special Events

Mary and Kevin Cruise the Neuse in their 36ft Albin trawler. They call Oriental their home full time and are ready for fun any time the weather doesn't make them turn around.



Donna Crothers, Vice Commodore/ Membership

Donna Crothers and her husband, Carl, sail a  Beneteau 423 "Sanctuary" and previously a Beneteau Oceanis 38, "Captiva," out of Pecan Grove Marina. They started sailing in Tampa Bay in the early 1990s aboard a Columbia 8.7m. In 2009, they bought a Catalina 34 in Oriental and started exploring the Neuse River and surrounding waters, commuting on weekends from their home in Winston-Salem. In 2012, they joined the NSA. Carl served as Vice Commodore of Communications during 2013 and 2014, and as Vice Commodore of Finance in 2015. They have two adult daughters. In the summer of 2015 they moved to Oriental.


Pat Sordill, NSA Secretary

Pat and Jeff Kenyon sail a Tartan 4100, “Calitri”, out of Sea Harbor Yacht Club.  Jeff and Pat both grew up sailing Sunfish and graduated to a Hobie Cat 18 when they first met. They took sailing lessons at the Boston Harbor Sailing Club, and subsequently bought their first cruising boat, a Tartan 3500 named “Wind Streek”.  Jeff and Pat have owned a home in Oriental since 2005, joining the NSA as newsletter members shortly thereafter.  In 2012, they sailed Calitri from Boston to Oriental where they now are full time residents.  Having enjoyed sailing throughout their lives, they plan to do longer term cruising aboard Calitri in the future when the commitments of work and life allow!


Chuck Gordon, Immediate Past Commodore

Chuck and Sharon have been longtime NSA members who have been involved in many club activities, events and leadership positions. Chuck was introduced to sailing when he met Sharon and after years of patient tutelage has become a sailing enthusiast. They presently sail Pelikan, a Beneteau 373 and are looking forward to being on the water more frequently now that they have retired. Chuck welcomes all old and new NSA members and looks forward to serving you as Commodore. 



Dave Roletter, Director (2020)

Dave grew up in Virginia nowhere near saltwater, but was drawn to water early.  At 12 he first sailed on a sunfish at scout camp.  First loan out of VA Tech Engineering School was not a car, but a used  Hobie 16, which he sailed relentlessly on the Chesapeake and off the OBX and still has. While living in Richmond VA, he found chartering on the bay in the ‘80s, then on to the Caribbean & Greece.  Dave raced on the Delaware River as a member of the Riverton Yacht Club while living outside Philadelphia in the 90s .  Today he still has more small boats than sense, and with a push from his wife Becky they accelerated the retirement plan of boat ownership by a decade, and closed on S/V Stella Maris, an ’88 Cabo Rico 38.  With the help of Capt’n John Rahm, she arrived Oriental in March of ‘17. Becky & Dave joined the NSA and though still living and working full-time out of Winston-Salem, love what they experience through the NSA


Buster Kenny, Director (2019)

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John Messer, Director (2019)

John acquired a 1985 Endeavour E33 four years ago, a significant jump up from the 16 ft. Pintail that their son Andrew had been sailing on the waters around Oriental.   John and his wife Pat Thomaier have since sailed Midnight Mary along east coast waterways from Beaufort to the Chesapeake.  They split their time between Raleigh and Oriental and hope to extend their sailing to the New England seacoast in the future


Kay Pratt, Director (2020)

Kay got the sailing bug in the 80’s when she was living in Ft. Lauderdale. She lived and crewed on sailboats for 2 years in the Caribbean and delivered sailboats from Oriental to St. Thomas. After moving to NC, she did a lot of windsurfing. Then with work and family, she did not sail for a couple decades. Bruce had never sailed but wanted to live the “free life”, and on a whim, they bought their 1972 Pearson 39 a few years ago. The boat needed a lot of work and he spent over a year working on it before putting it in the water at Pecan Grove. Kay is a nutritionist and runs a nutrition counseling practice called Essential Nutrition in Chapel Hill. Bruce owns a cabinet shop and divides his time between it and the boat. They both enjoy escaping to Oriental on weekends and sailing with the NSA.

Carl Crothers, Director (2021)

Donna Crothers and her husband, Carl, sail a  Beneteau 423 "Sanctuary" and previously a Beneteau Oceanis 38, "Captiva," out of Pecan Grove Marina. They started sailing in Tampa Bay in the early 1990s aboard a Columbia 8.7m. In 2009, they bought a Catalina 34 in Oriental and started exploring the Neuse River and surrounding waters, commuting on weekends from their home in Winston-Salem. In 2012, they joined the NSA. Carl served as Vice Commodore of Communications during 2013 and 2014, and as Vice Commodore of Finance in 2015. They have two adult daughters. In the summer of 2015 they moved to Oriental.

Buck O'Neil, Director (2021)


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