November 11, 2020

'The Neuse Juice'

Volume 47 Number 11

Coming Soon! 

Commodore's Log

Jeff Kenyon, Commodore

S/V Calitri

2020 – what a year!

By the time of this Neuse Juice, the Commodore’s Ball will be upon us! We are hoping for a fun, festive and safe time. As the last event of the NSA year, it is time to reflect. Like most things during 2020, NSA was impacted by COVID-19, and I think the club has done an excellent, and responsible, job of handling the challenges. Sailing has been a bit of a refuge for Pat and me personally, and for many club members as well. We are blessed to have such a wonderful way to continue enjoying life in such difficult times.

I want to thank all the officers and directors and others that helped make 2020 as great a year as possible. Honestly, besides some weather challenges, we were able to hold all of our cruises and they were mostly well attended as dictated by weather. The club was flexible, moving locations as necessary to make for fun and safe cruising. The incoming bridge will face continued challenges, and I am confident we can make 2021 an even better year. Safely holding off the water events while adhering to state guidelines is a challenge I am confident we can rise to. We did have a larger gathering in Ocracoke, and the Commodore’s Ball will give us experience how to run future events safely. Getting back to normal, or at least the new normal, is something I personally look forward to!

I hope everyone has a great winter and is looking forward as I am to some great cruising in 2021 with NSA!

Cruising Outlook

Carl Crothers, VC Cruising

S/V Sanctuary

Cruising Update

Well, it was probably in the cards – this still being 2020 – that our final cruise of the season would once again be affected by the weather. Gale conditions forced us to give up our slips at Beaufort on Friday of the Halloween Cruise so those in port could stay another day. Conditions improved on Saturday, but most members had decided to cancel their plans.

Despite the unsettled weather, six NSA boats sailed to Beaufort anyway, while a number of members came by car. The result was a well-attended and festive Halloween costume social on the docks hosted by our cruise captains, Pat Thomaier and John Messer. I’d like to thank Pat and John for going down on Wednesday and negotiating with the dockmaster about slip availability. They were also able to show off their new-to-them Beneteau 411, Wild Goose.

While 2020 has been challenging with most cruises affected in some way by weather or Covid-19, I think on balance it was a good year. We managed to make it to most of our favorite ports and anchorages, even if the events were shortened. And we practiced safety while still enjoying socializing. In other words, we adapted – as good crews do – and made the best of it. And as they say in baseball, there’s always next year!

I’d like to thank our all our volunteer cruise captains for 2020, even though in a few cases their cruise was canceled or altered: Wade Ellison and Amy Clifton, Tracy Vail and Robert Pugh, Jeff Kenyon and Pat Sordill, Chuck Gordon and Sharon Stephenson, Scott Westwood and Sandra Emerson, and John Messer and Pat Thomaier. Well done. Thanks for your service.

Halloween Cruise

Cruise Captains: 
Pat Thomaier and John Messer
S/V Wild Goose

Whether to sail or not to sail, that was the question for the Halloween Cruise.  Nineteen boats registered, only eight  chose to ‘take arms against a sea of troubles’ while others ‘their currents turned awry.’  Still, the seas calmed and the sun shone.  One way or another, thirty sailors reached the Beaufort docks by Saturday at 4, for our last cruise social of the season. Witches, a wizard, pirates, a cat and a dog—costumed or not, NSAers enjoyed the day at one of our favorite destinations.    Sunday morning provided those few who sailed with mostly fair weather for the return trip, with just a little excitement (30 kts- yikes!) crossing the Neuse.   


Donna Crothers, VC Membership

S/V Sanctuary

Welcome New Members!

We have some new NSA members to welcome this month! Joining the club this month are Dale Hedin and Lynn Durham of Raleigh, owners of S/V Elusive, which they keep at Pecan Grove Marina. Lynn said she is excited to meet our club members, so be sure to say hello when you see Lynn and Dale!

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 Commodore’s “Masquerade” Ball on Nov. 14!!

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!

Just a reminder that if you place an order from the NSA marketplace please inform me so we can arrange a pickup in Oriental. The tees and caps are $20, visors are $15 and koozies are one for $3 or two for $5.

As all our members are not on Facebook, remember to post your sailing, etc. photos for all to enjoy on our NSA website as well as our Facebook group page. The NSA Facebook group is a closed group open to NSA paid members. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Robert Pugh and Tracy Vail, VC Communications

S/V Solveig

Thanks and Fair Winds!

Tracy and Robert are happily aboard Solveig pursuing adventure and warmer weather southward. Thanks to both of them for their work as VC- Communications, and to Tracy for her Zoom coaching session to her soon-to- be-official successor. We look forward to their return next spring. NSA socials won't be the same without them!


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