July 15 2020

'The Neuse Juice'

Volumn 47 Number 7

Coming Events 


Commodore's Log

Jeff Keynon, Commodore

S/V Calitri


Cruising and staying safe with NSA

I am incredibly happy to report that NSA is having fun and staying safe in 2020.  The Weeklong cruise started off with a bang, of weather that is. The forecasted heavy thunderstorms Saturday morning hit at just about where the overnight fleet was likely to be.  VC of Cruising, Carl Crothers made the right choice to cancel that leg.  And then the rain continued for the next few days necessitating a shortened cruise to Dowry Creek in Belhaven. I am happy to say that 12 boats made it to Dowrey Creek safely over a few days of arrival.  Some having tested their sea leg and stomachs more than other!  But all safe. Your commodore chose the land route and joint the group on Friday for a day at the pool lunch and BBQ and lots of fun.  Again, I was pleased with the facility setup for easy distancing, wearing of masks when appropriate, and the BYO-Everything now the norm for NSA. Thank you to Carl and Donna Crothers for making all the arrangements for the weeklong, and leadership during challenging times!

We will now go into a month by month set of cruises to Belhaven (downtown this time), River Dunes and Ocracoke.  I hope you can join one or more of these cruises and know that both safety and fun are important aspects for the club throughout 2020!

I quick note about possible larger socials.  Human interaction is an important part of being, well human.  This is not lost on the NSA board, and we will continue to look for the right time. If the right time does emerge, we hope to hold something akin to the Shrimparoo, and are looking at how the Commodore’s Ball can be held safely as well.  We want to hold these events only if we can make the participants feel comfortable, enjoy themselves, and be safe.  Time will tell.

In the meantime I wish you fair winds and following seas!


 


Cruising Outlook

Carl Crothers, VC Cruising

S/V Sanctuary


Cruising Update for July 2020

We had great plans and expectations for this year’s Week-long Cruise, June 12-21, including an ambitious overnight sail across Pamlico Sound, but alas the weather once again forced us to adjust. For the 12 boats that made the shortened cruise direct to Dowry Creek Marina, it was well worth it. We enjoyed four days lounging around the marina’s large pool in our socially distanced family units, talking to old friends and getting to know new members, and generally just chilling out. The relatively new owner of the marina, the Zeltner family, has made many improvements to the docks, the pool and clubhouse, and have begun construction of a restaurant. It should be annual destination for the club.

Unsettled weather also threatened our Dog Days Cruise to River Forest Marina, July 10-12, but as of this writing last week we still had 12 boats on the list. We’ll report on the trip in the next Neuse Juice.

Weather and Covid-19 continue to challenge our cruising plans, but we persevere. Coming up next is the Lazy Days Cruise to River Dunes, July 31-Aug. 2. We have filled our allotted 10 slips but will maintain a waiting list for those wanting a slip who didn’t register in time. It’s also possible to anchor in Broad Creek or drive in from Oriental. Commodore Jeff Kenyon and Pat are our cruise captains. Lazy Days means pool time, and River Dunes has one of the best.

We opened registration for our popular Labor Day Cruise to Ocracoke, Sept. 4-7, on July 7 and, as expected, members rushed to register on a first-come, first-served basis to get a coveted slip at the Anchorage Inn Marina. The marina has promised at least 12 slips and that many boats had registered within five minutes of the 6 pm start. If you did not register in time to make the first list, don’t despair. We will maintain a waiting list as we always have dropouts as the cruise date nears. And of course the anchorage in Silver Lake is excellent and some space is available at the National Park Service docks. Both are first-come, first-served.

On the horizon also are the Fall Cruise to the West Bay anchorage, Oct. 9-11, and the Halloween Cruise to New Bern, Oct. 30-Nov. 1. And so, we will push on. Registration is open for all remaining cruises this year.

I hope to see you on the water!


Membership

Donna Crothers, VC Membership

S/V Sanctuary


We have no new members for July.  Be sure to invite your friends!





Dinghy Poker Run

Sharon Stephenson

S/V Pelikan

srstephenson1420@gmail.com

919-414-7719



2020 Dinghy Poker Run

Dinghy Poker Run Cancelled

After much consideration and discussion with other NCO organizers, we have reached the decision to cancel the Dinghy Poker Run scheduled for July 25. Over the past week, the number of new daily COVID-19 cases is at an all-time high, as is the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Several models are now showing NC’s peak to occur in mid-late July. Given the current rise, which correlates with the beginning of phase 2, and the projections, it does not seem responsible to sponsor an event that brings people together. Although we should be in phase 3 by the end of July, at this point we do not know what the recommended numbers will be for gatherings.

The Dinghy Poker Run has always been a fun event for the community and has been a successful fund-raiser for various organizations. We were hoping that the Coronavirus spread would be decreasing so that this event could go on, but that is not currently the case. Since this is the time frame we would need to get started on the advance organizational planning and work to hold the event, we felt now was the time to make a final decision.

Thanks to those of you who had volunteered to help with the Dinghy Poker Run and to those of you who had items to donate for the auctions. Volunteers and items will be needed next year, when we will hope for a healthy population and a big event!

srstephenson1420@gmail.com

919-414-7719


NSA Wear

Kathy Kenny, VC Social Media, NSA Wear Coord.

S/V Cool Change


If you haven’t noticed on our website we now have a Marketplace for our merchandise. You can now order and pay online. We are unable to ship but if you place an order just let me know and I will get it to you in Oriental.

Regarding our Facebook group please do not invite your non NSA friends to join. As this is a closed group only intended for paid NSA members your invitation to have them join will be denied. Instead ask them to join the NSA! Please continue to post your photos on our Facebook group as well as on the NSA website. To post on the website go to NSA photo gallery, click on the event that you would like to add your photos to and then hit upload. Not all members are on Facebook and they would enjoy seeing pictures as well.

Everyone please stay safe and sail on!



Communications

Robert Pugh and Tracy Vail, VC Communications

S/V Solveig


Robert and I have learned that the best way to meet and get to know people in the NSA is to jump in and participate in the bridge!

We are looking for a tech savvy individual or couple to work with us for the rest of the year to learn about taking care of the website and doing the monthly newsletter.  We've enjoyed our two years at the helm of technology and are ready to share with others as we will be going cruising this winter!  Please contact us if you're willing/able to support the organization as Vice Commodore of Communications.

We also love having members share stories of their adventures on the water in the monthly newsletter.  If you have a good story to share or just want us to join you on your adventures, please consider writing an article and sending it to me around the first of the month.  

 










 





After our snorkel stop, we headed off across the Great Bahama Bank. We motor-sailed for 60 miles in about 15-20 feet of water. We had picked a good weather day (and night), and anchored out, in the middle of nowhere. No city lights, no land in sight, just a couple other anchor lights, off in the distance. The next morning we pulled up anchor and set sail across the NorthEast Providence Channel for New Providence Island, where we anchored over night on the West End. West Bay is relatively protected, but not from the West and North West. Which leads me to my next topic, seeking protection. The cold fronts in the winter sweep through the Bahamas on a fairly regular basis. The only differences between them are; 1) Their intensity and/or duration, and 2) How far South they go, before they fizzle out. The prevailing winds in the area are from the South East to South. A cold front coming through will shift the winds to the West, North West, then North East. This year I’ve seen a number of very strong fronts (20-30 knots), that last for up to 3-4 days. Finding protection from all directions is important, as the wind shifts. Finding a place where you can hang out for 3-4 days, is just as critical.

After Nassau, we set sail for the Exumas. You can hang out in the Exumas for weeks… or months, and not run out of things to do or see. The water is amazing, the islands are amazing and the beaches are amazing. Highbourne Cay or Normans Cay are usually the first stops from cruisers coming from Nassau. Normans is famous for being the former home of a Colombian Drug King pin. Contrary to rumors, it wasn’t “El Chapo”. There is however, a beautiful DC-3 wreck in the channel, that was used for drug smuggling during the 1980’s. This is another very popular snorkeling spot.

South from there is the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. This is a protected area extending from Shroud Cay south to Bell Cay. We stopped at the Warderick Wells Cay, which is the home of the Parks Head Quarters. I highly recommend making a stop here. Services are limited, but you can get a Cell Phone signal from the top of Boo-Boo Hill and/or from the South East corner of the Park Headquarters building, if you stand on one leg, and hold your right arm up in the air. But that’s it. Now’s a good time to mention cellphone and/or Wifi Service. I have T-Mobile, with an international plan, which gives me very limited data outside the US. You can also bring a secondary phone, and purchase a Sim Card for the Bahamas. I’m told that “Mr. Sim card.com" is a good option for getting international Sim Cards. My preference is “My Island WiFi”. For $75 per month, they provide a WiFi router that supplies unlimited high speed data, available anywhere in the Bahamas, within reach of a Cellphone Tower. Most of the Islands have BTC Cellphone towers, and they are shown on the Explorer Charts as well. I usually have coverage, at most anchorages or Marinas. Although I have been known to run the WiFi unit up the mast on a spare halyard to increase my range. If you go with My Island WiFi. Order a couple of months early. They have limited quantity but can ship from Miami, if necessary.

After our snorkel stop, we headed off across the Great Bahama Bank. We motor-sailed for 60 miles in about 15-20 feet of water. We had picked a good weather day (and night), and anchored out, in the middle of nowhere. No city lights, no land in sight, just a couple other anchor lights, off in the distance. The next morning we pulled up anchor and set sail across the NorthEast Providence Channel for New Providence Island, where we anchored over night on the West End. West Bay is relatively protected, but not from the West and North West. Which leads me to my next topic, seeking protection. The cold fronts in the winter sweep through the Bahamas on a fairly regular basis. The only differences between them are; 1) Their intensity and/or duration, and 2) How far South they go, before they fizzle out. The prevailing winds in the area are from the South East to South. A cold front coming through will shift the winds to the West, North West, then North East. This year I’ve seen a number of very strong fronts (20-30 knots), that last for up to 3-4 days. Finding protection from all directions is important, as the wind shifts. Finding a place where you can hang out for 3-4 days, is just as critical.

After Nassau, we set sail for the Exumas. You can hang out in the Exumas for weeks… or months, and not run out of things to do or see. The water is amazing, the islands are amazing and the beaches are amazing. Highbourne Cay or Normans Cay are usually the first stops from cruisers coming from Nassau. Normans is famous for being the former home of a Colombian Drug King pin. Contrary to rumors, it wasn’t “El Chapo”. There is however, a beautiful DC-3 wreck in the channel, that was used for drug smuggling during the 1980’s. This is another very popular snorkeling spot.

South from there is the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. This is a protected area extending from Shroud Cay south to Bell Cay. We stopped at the Warderick Wells Cay, which is the home of the Parks Head Quarters. I highly recommend making a stop here. Services are limited, but you can get a Cell Phone signal from the top of Boo-Boo Hill and/or from the South East corner of the Park Headquarters building, if you stand on one leg, and hold your right arm up in the air. But that’s it. Now’s a good time to mention cellphone and/or Wifi Service. I have T-Mobile, with an international plan, which gives me very limited data outside the US. You can also bring a secondary phone, and purchase a Sim Card for the Bahamas. I’m told that “Mr. Sim card.com" is a good option for getting international Sim Cards. My preference is “My Island WiFi”. For $75 per month, they provide a WiFi router that supplies unlimited high speed data, available anywhere in the Bahamas, within reach of a Cellphone Tower. Most of the Islands have BTC Cellphone towers, and they are shown on the Explorer Charts as well. I usually have coverage, at most anchorages or Marinas. Although I have been known to run the WiFi unit up the mast on a spare halyard to increase my range. If you go with My Island WiFi. Order a couple of months early. They have limited quantity but can ship from Miami, if necessary.






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