Februaru 15 2020

'The Neuse Juice'

Volumn 47 Number 2

Coming Events 

2019 Photo Contest

Oyster Roast

Commodore's Log

Jeff Keynon, Commodore

S/V Calitri

  • A warm winter, can cruising season be far away?

2020 is off to a fast start. The NCO Sponsored seminar series is in full swing with 3 seminars held so far.  February brings some more great topics including Diesel Maintenance, Sail Trim, Navigation, and Refrigeration all planned.  Come to Oriental Town Hall at 9:30 every Saturday and keep honing your skills!

In the last article I spoke about a focus on helping with Ocracoke Hurricane Recovery.  One of the areas we received feedback about was simply coming to Ocracoke to spend money.  Many businesses are up and running and could really use our patronage.  Tracy Vail has hatched a plan (thanks!), and 26 members are going to Ocracoke (via ferry) for Valentines weekend.  We’re also collecting supplies for the Recovery Pantry that is run by the Ocracoke Interfaith Relief and Recovery Team.  At the Oyster Roast and Shrimparoo we’ll be running a “50/50” raffle and plan on a monetary donation to this organization as well.  They are really doing a lot of heavy lifting for residents in need, and I am pleased to support them.  More on the Valentines weekend escapades from Tracy Vail in the next NJ!

By March I am sure many of us will be turning attention to some tasks to get ready for cruising, and that starts right away in mid-April.  Be on the lookout for the registration for the Easter Cruise to Beaufort to open. And if you haven’t already, lease reach out to Carl Crothers and offer to be a cruise captain this year.

I’ll close with a thought for our many friends that have cruised south to warmer waters and weather this year.  Have fun, return safe, and know that we are enjoying hearing about your adventures remotely through your blogs and Facebook posts.  I for one am jealous – enjoy!


Cruising Outlook

Carl Crothers, VC Cruising

S/V Sanctuary

While we have some great land events yet to come, including the Oyster Roast (Feb. 22) and the Shrimperoo (March 28), it’s not too early to start thinking about our first cruise, the Easter (Spring) Cruise to Beaufort, April 10-12. This is our shakedown cruise where we brush out the mud daubers and check our equipment in preparation for the cruising season.

We’ll have assigned slips on Beaufort Docks for those who wish to tie up and plug in. And the anchorage off the waterfront is always a good option with plenty of space and a short dinghy ride in. We'll gather on the docks for a Saturday afternoon social, followed by a group pizza dinner at Black Sheep on the waterfront.  On Sunday, Beaufort churches combine for an Easter Sunrise Service for those so inclined.

We will open registration for the Easter Cruise on the website on March 1. Please mark your calendar to go to the website and register so we get a good head count ahead of time. If you want an assigned slip at Beaufort Docks, you’ll be asked to indicate for which nights, Friday or Saturday, or both. We will provide the dockmaster a list in advance, so they know who’s coming and when. And if you haven’t sailed (motored) to Beaufort before, check out Captain John Rahm’s excellent January Captain’s Blog on the subject on Towndock.

While you’re on the website on March 1 signing up for the Easter Cruise, you might go ahead and register for the Week-long Cruise, June 13-21. We’re opening registration on March 1 because we have more moving parts than usual with the plan this year. Be sure you complete the questions on the form about your preferred route. And follow the link above to read the full Events List description.

We’ve got a great cruising schedule planned for this year. The full schedule is now in the Events List on the website. Check back periodically as sometimes details change as we get closer to the events.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the water!

2020 Cruising Schedule:

Easter (Spring) Cruise – April 10-12, Beaufort Docks

Memorial Day Cruise – May 23-25, Cape Lookout Anchorage

Week-long Cruise – June 13-21, Albemarle Plantation Marina

Dog Days Cruise – July 10-12, River Forest Marina, Belhaven

Lazy Days Cruise – Aug. 1-2, River Dunes Marina

Labor Day Cruise – Sept. 4-7, Ocracoke Island

Fall Cruise – Oct. 10-11, West Bay Anchorage

Halloween Cruise – Oct. 31-Nov. 1, New Bern Grand Marina

We have cruise captains so far for the Lazy Days and Labor Day cruises. Please contact me at carlcrothers52@gmail.com if you’d like to be a cruise captain.


Donna Crothers, VC Membership

S/V Sanctuary

Welcome New Members!

The NSA is happy to welcome its newest members for 2020! In January, we were joined by Neville and Ann Clement of Oriental, with S/V Peace at Last kept at Ensign Harbor Marina, and also David and Leslie Corriher of Oriental, with a motor vessel kept at their home dock. We are happy to have the Clements and Corrihers joining us in time for our fun Oyster Roast on Feb. 22!

We will be taking new memberships at the Oyster Roast, but our big membership drive will be during the Shrimperoo on March 21. If anyone is able to help me in getting new members signed up (we had quite a few in 2019), please drop me a line at vcmembership@neusesailingassociation.org. Thanks in advance!

Returning members should have received reminders, but please be sure to renew before April 1 to ensure that you continue to receive the Neuse Juice and other communications.

Looking forward to a great 2020!

Special Events

Kevin and Mary Guilfoyle, VC  Special Events

M/V Delphina

NSA 2020 Oyster Roast February 22nd 2pm

The Oyster Roast is a member’s only event. There will be plenty of Oysters to eat and each member will receive 2 drink tickets to use at the Tiki bar. Members may bring up to 2 guests for $10.00 per guest. Drink tickets are only given to Members. Members are asked to bring a side dish for everyone to enjoy! During the Oyster Roast there will be a 50/50 raffle with the proceeds going to Ocracoke to assist in their recovery from Hurricane Dorian.

Shrimperoo March 28th 2020 2-4pm

The annual Neuse Sailing Association’s Shrimperoo will take place on Saturday, March 28th at the Oriental Marina and Tiki Bar from 2-4pm. This event is for members and people from the community who would like to join in on the fun. Each member receives 2 drink tickets to use at the Tiki cash/bar. Non-members will be charged a fee of $10.00 which can be applied toward the membership fee if they join on that day. A member center will be set up for new people to join or for current members to renew their membership. A 50/50 raffle will be held as a fund raiser for Ocracoke to assist in their recovery from Hurricane Dorian. NSA Members please help make this another successful annual event! Invite your friends and neighbors, help us welcome new people and feel free to volunteer and help with cooking the shrimp, setting up or cleaning up after the event. Please email us if you would like to help!(kjgeye@msn.com)


Photo Contest

Lynn Scott

S/V Earendil

You be the Judge

But first, we want some more of the NSA shutterbugs to enter the 2019 Photo Contest. Sooooo, we are leaving submissions open till Sun.,16 Feb.  The winners of the photo contest will receive a framed copy of their photo after having it prominently displayed in the community and receive a gift certificate from a local business.   In addition, their pictures will be highlighted on our website photo rotation.  So, you get a framed print of your picture, a gift certificate AND get to help show Oriental and everyone who visits our website what fun we have as NSA members!  It's a win-win-win!   Of COURSE you want to enter!

Our wonderful vice commodores of communications, Tracy and Robert will open the voting options to NSA members so you will select the best in each category. Come back to the NSA website (neusesail.wildapricot.org,) Feb.19 - Mar. 12, login as a member, and go to the Photo Contest main page to learn how you can select your best in class in each of the five categories. Each member can vote one time in each category. Voting closes Wednesday. March12.

Winners will be announced at the Shrimperoo in March!

Nautical Co-op News

Chuck Gordon, NSA Director, NCO Rep

S/V Pelican


January 11th thru March 14th (Saturdays, 9:30AM, Oriental Town Hall)

Sponsored by SCOO, ODC, NSA

Remaining Seminars

Feb 15th – Sail Trim – Todd Cox

Feb 22nd – Navigating Local Waters – Coast Guard Aux ( info about the Neuse and local waters, including info about local anchorages, Marinas and boatyards)

Feb 29th – AC/Refrigeration- Darrell Foster

March 7th – NOAA (discussion on weather)

March 14th – First Aid Onboard – Erik Kindle

NSA Wear

Kathy Kenny, VC Social Media, NSA Wear Coord.

S/V Cool Change

For anyone who hasn’t been able to buy your t-shirt, cap, visor or koozie, text me at 615-828-8621 and I will make it happen. Otherwise, I will continue to post on Facebook and the Neuse Juice when the “mobile store” will be in Oriental. I wish for everyone to have a safe, healthy and happy New Year! 

Be sure to join our Facebook Page!  It's a closed page with access to members only and there are lots of fun pictures and stories shared!


Robert Pugh and Tracy Vail, VC Communications

S/V Solveig

Robert has been busy preparing for some changes to our website organization.  Please feel free to contact him if you have questions or concerns about the current layout so he can incorporate your ideas.  If you have any challenges with using the site, please connect and one of us can walk you through the process. Robert can best be reached at rchristp@gmail.com.

Renewing your membership as soon as possible will make sure there's no interruption of your receipt of the newsletter and other vital member communications.  Today's a good day to do it!

Please consider submitting an article for the Neuse Juice. We love to hear what our members are up to and our members love sharing the ups and downs of sailing experiences!  Send your articles to Tracy at tlvail@letstalksls.com by the first of each month.


Sailing Adventures

Guest articles by traveling NSA Members

Sailing SoundWave

Plans Are Written In the Sand At Low Tide

We are currently in West Palm Beach, Florida and have been so since December 15th. That's a seven week layover! Our intention was to get to Miami, cross over to the Bahamas after New Years and hang out in the islands until April. Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, we are going to San Antonio, Texas. Not exactly crystal blue water and palm trees. We have learned first hand something we have heard said many times . . . “The plans of sailors are written in the sand at low tide.”

Well, Texas is exactly where we need to be this February and March because it allows us to experience something new . . . Travel Surgery. It will be like cruising, without the boat, except that Honey will be having a double mastectomy and reconstruction. After the little cancer problem is dealt with we will be touring the Alamo, the Riverwalk and eating at cute restaurants. We have never been to San Antonio and are excited to spend a month there. There are so many upsides to this unplanned trip: the travel, staying in a swanky hotel (hello unlimited hot showers), having an onsite gym, a free yummy breakfast (Chip’s waffle is so epic that the gym is needed), a rental car, etc. It is like a vacation from our vacation.

Six to eight weeks are really needed to recuperate from this event. Four will be spent in Texas, but the others will be aboard SoundWave. Turns out that using Honey’s arms and core are prohibited for a long time. Climbing out of the dinghy, onto docks, or onto the V-birth could be problematic or damaging. It's a good thing that Chip is a great problem solver. He did what any good Captain would do . . . he bought his First Mate another boat :) This is our 12th boat. (You can see a timeline of all the boats we’ve bought on our website, SailingSoundWave.com.) This boat is a 1981 Hurricane 15 with an Evinrude 70 motor. It's called a Deck Boat. The benefits of it for us is that it's basically a steady rectangle shape with great spots to step onto that are level with our stern and with most docks. It also has a key start and steering wheel. This will make it so much easier for Honey instead of cranking the other outboard motor and/or rowing Echo. Transiting back and forth to shore wont be as damaging to her rehab efforts.

We have named the boat Ripple. It seems to flow well with SoundWave and Echo (our dinghy). Ripple was bought from a lovely man who boated on Lake Jessup in central Florida. During our test drive we each took turns getting the boat up on the plane and cruising around the 6’ deep waters. It was all fun and games until we learned that Lake Jessup has almost 10,000 alligators in it. Florida Fish and Game deposits renegade and nuisance Gators there. The test drive was over!

Yes, we aren’t in the Bahamas. That plan was washed away at low tide. But, we are turning West Palm Beach into a comfortable home for us. We love it here! We have put down roots (technically a mooring ball) and bought this extra boat. The crystal blue water, sea life, palm trees, sandy beaches, sunshine, fishing, shopping, restaurants, friends, etc are just making us so happy.

There are some really nice and interesting people here, too. The “Mayor” of our mooring field lives next to us and he and many others said they would look out for our boats while we are in Texas. Another neighbor is Donna Lange. A super cool lady who has circumnavigated the globe twice . . . solo . . . and while she had 11 grandchildren. What the heck! And, she didn’t have refrigeration or many other conveniences. Debbie and Buck O’Neil were with us when we met her. Our minds were blown! Honey would much rather go to Texas than to do what Donna has done. Circling the globe, solo, is a different kind of tough!

Skipper Stuff

SoundWave is still moored in West Palm Beach, the weather has been at times fierce, and generally sunny, shorts, t-shirts & flip flops. The anchorage is a living thing, we watch it inhale/exhale the ocean twice a day, clear blue-green water. One of our favorite pastimes is just watching the harbor, we call it the Boat Parade. This place has one of the most delightful parades we have seen since Newport. Each weather window, a flotilla departs & a different one sails in later that day. Beautiful.

It is said that the plans of sailors are written in the sand at low tide. We have learned to modify our language, and now use the word “intend” instead of plan! Feels better.

Turns out we are going to winter here, we love it, and will save the Bahamas for next year. West Palm has really become our south Florida home port, it is perfect for us.

We passed 4000 nm the day before arrival here, so far so good, a few thoughts.

Bumps / Bruises

● Atlantic Beach Bridge, Morehead City 1

● SoundWave windex w/ 64.3’ air draft and flood current. 0

Impatient tired skipper. Snapped off our windex in the following current, thankfully able to reverse out, fat lip hanging from the mast. Dang that clang!

● Red St Lucie River Lighted Buoy #2. 1

● SoundWave hull, port side vs steel piling of buoy. 0

 Dum dum skipper. As we were leaving the anchorage at Hooker Bay at sunrise, reached the point where the St Lucie river meets the ICW and the tidal currents from a fierce inlet. There are literally currents catching you from three directions, like crossing the New River but magnified. Anyway, of all people, I was looking down at the phone (just for a second, right?) checking the scattered markers against the nav app because the sunlight blinded us from reading the buoy numbers. We were swept a surprising distance sideways in the briefest moment when the cross current grabbed our keel. Bashed broadside into the steel piling, thankfully able to reverse aside averting serious damage. Cruised into the dawn with a new tattoo on the hull.

● Echo the Dragon - trusty tandem rowing/sailing tender 500+

● Florida winter winds, waves and 3 kt current. 1

We have rowed or sailed our dinghy in every port from Tampa to Newport using no motor, it is our daily driver. For the first time ever, I could not make it back to SoundWave; got caught in 20-25kt winds, 2’ waves and could not sail upwind, waves crashing over the rails and I would take on seawater. Mix in a 3 kt ebb current, and I was being swept out to sea. Rowed until my heart was all I could hear, losing ground slowly. Finally had to call for assistance and was towed back home. Humbling. Consider making a luggage tag for your dinghy with this brief critical checklist before you untie.

○ This is our dinghy checklist

■ Lifevests

■ Nav Lights

■ Whistle/Horn

■ VHF radio

■ Anchor

■ Oars

■ Bailer

As the miles glide by, we gain more experience. Sailing will have bumps and bruises, so avoid what you can, be thankful it was not worse, and keep cruising!

We believe we sail under favor, and the cost of “tuition” matches the lessons learned.

Something we never Imagined

Born of a need for a safe place to leave SoundWave when travelling for days or weeks inland, we looked into and have had a local marine dive company install our very own mooring ball here in West Palm Beach (Lake Worth north anchorage).   This is some serious kit, we will use it two or three times a year, perfect for coming in from the ocean on trips from Bahamas, Keys or Charleston.  

This new mooring is even stronger than the diagram as we have 4 augur anchors instead of 3, each supplemented by big buried Danforth anchor and finally a buried brake drum at each corner.  Supposedly  Hurricane rated for boats up to 60’.    NSA members are hereby welcome to use it for up to a week if you are transiting the area. Position:  26° 45.201' N  80° 2.681' W.  

You will know ours by the Oriental dragon on the side of the mooring ball!    Call us if you “intend” to visit this slice of heaven.

We pray that every member of the NSA talks about safety a lot.

Chip and Honey Johnson

S/V SoundWave

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