October 15 2020

'The Neuse Juice'

Volumn 47 Number 10

Coming Events 

Fall Cruise

Commodore's Log

Jeff Keynon, Commodore

S/V Calitri

Autumn is Upon Us!

The hot days of summer are behind us, and the cooler breezes of Autumn replace them signaling we are near the end of the NSA cruising season. Still two more cruises and the Commodore’s “Masquerade” Ball are ahead.

I hope you have had a good year sailing and boating with NSA and on your own. This pandemic has certainly taught me that sailing was an excellent choice for being able to enjoy life during difficult times.

Autumn brings some variable winds and weather of its own, so be on the lookout for cruise location changes. We are looking at some potential rain impacts from far way hurricane Delta for the Fall Cruise, and the Halloween Cruise has been changed to Beaufort to ensure enough dock space. As a club, I have been pleased with how flexible we are as a group which has given us the ability to hold a lot of great events this year!

A few comments about the Commodore’s Ball are in order. As with any event, this year presented challenges. With both board and other member input I am planning an outdoor event that will adhere to state guidelines. No gathering is without risk, but we are planning with safety in mind, and are taking steps to ensure we are doing everything we can. We are planning a fun gathering with some prizes, some great food, and a DJ for music. I think it is important to recognize what a great year we have had despite the challenges, to thank the current board, and to welcome the new board to finish off the 2020 season. I hope that this type of event is something you are interested in and you will join us for a nice late afternoon gathering.

Enjoy the rest of your boating season, be safe and have fun. For those heading south, a hearty bon voyage!


Cruising Outlook

Carl Crothers, VC Cruising

S/V Sanctuary

Cruising Update

To say 2020 has been a challenge for the NSA would an understatement. It’s been tough, but I’m proud to say that we nevertheless got out on the water and cruised to some of our favorite destinations, albeit with many last-minute changes, and enjoyed ourselves while being responsible and respectful to one another. As far as we know, no one has contracted Covid-19 at an NSA event.

The weather once again impacted last weekend’s Fall Cruise, but our intrepid cruise captains, Scott Westwood and Sandra Emerson, sailed to West Bay on Friday and anchored inside. Others headed to South River. We regretfully decided to skip the cruise, not so much because of the weather but because of some work we’re trying to get done at our house in advance of a planned trip to the beach for a week.

The destination for our final cruise of the season, the Halloween Cruise, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, has been changed to Beaufort Docks from New Bern. We ran into some space issues in New Bern, and new management at Galley Stores is requiring each boat pay a non-refundable deposit of 50 percent of their stay. We thought that was unreasonable and risky, considering the fickle nature of the weather in late October.

Our Halloween Cruise captains, John Messer and Pat Thomaier, are coordinating our trip to Beaufort. Stay tuned for more details. So far, we have 17 boats registered. If you haven’t registered but plan to, ignore the reference to Galley Stores Marina on the registration form and indicate the days you want dockage at Beaufort Docks.

I hope to see you in Beaufort. We’ll raise a toast to our perseverance this year and make wish for a better 2021.

The picture below is a reminder of our 2019 Halloween Cruise in pre-covid days.

Fall Cruise

Cruise Captains:  Scott Westwood and Sandy Emerson

The Fall Cruise turned out to be an adhoc assortment. We started with 11 registered boats and the day before we were down to 3 boats "known" to be going.  At the last minute more boats decided to join in. Most boats went to South River to be about 3 hours closer to Oriental.  The forecast said increasing winds and rains on Sunday afternoon.  Two decided to go to West Bay and take their chances.  The rest canceled all together.  It does sound like everybody had a good time no matter what they did.  That, after all, is much of what NSA is really all about.  Whatever floats your boat.

At West Bay (Assuming the same at South River), Friday night was calm and cool with no rain.  Saturday had mild winds until the afternoon then it jumped up to 15kts until just before sundown.  Then it calmed down to a beautiful calm night with no rain to put out the bonfire(s).  Sunday morning brought mild winds and mild spotty rain in the morning along with very comfortable temps.  Not ideal but not unpleasant.  Couldn't sail home though, dang it. 

Eight boats ended up in Southwest Creek.  The weekend started with a dinghy raft up happy hour on Friday night.  They spent a delightful Saturday hanging on the beach, socially distanced, catching fish, and cooking hot dogs, fish and marshmallows over a fire.

Overall I think everybody had a good time.


Donna Crothers, VC Membership

S/V Sanctuary

Welcome New Members!

We have some new NSA members to welcome this month! Joining the club in October are Kelly and Maria Garrod of Atlantic Beach and Evergreen, CO, owners of S/V Turquoise Helm, which they keep at Spooners Creek Marina. Kelly said he did some online searches, and the NSA seemed to be the best sailing club in the area!

Please remind any friends or fellow boaters that the NSA currently has a special membership offer – for anyone who joins the NSA during the remainder of 2020, we will extend their membership until April 2022. Surely things will be normal by then! And in the meantime, they may enjoy taking part in the Halloween Cruise to Beaufort or the Commodore’s “Masquerade” Ball in November!

Stay well and see you on the water soon!

NSA Wear

Kathy Kenny, VC Social Media, NSA Wear Coord.

S/V Cool Change

Come and Get It!

Happy fall! We still have lots of items for sale in the Marketplace so take another look. As I’m not informed automatically when someone has made a purchase, please inform me when you order so we can arrange a pickup in Oriental.

I know we all enjoy seeing photos of each other’s sailing adventures so please continue to post on our Facebook group as well as on our NSA website. We look forward to seeing your photos from the Fall and Halloween Cruises.


Robert Pugh and Tracy Vail, VC Communications

S/V Solveig

Robert and I will be heading South on October 21!  We have appreciated being able to support the NSA in this capacity and encourage everyone to volunteer to serve the club in the manner which best fits their skills and interest.

We look forward to seeing everyone in the Spring!


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