It’s encouraging to see our annual membership renewals running apace this early in the year. It represents an optimism that I think has always been a hallmark of the NSA. There’s some justification: COVID cases are declining, people are getting the vaccine. While it’s easy to envision a fleet of NSA sailboats heeling in a warm breeze, we have a way to go before life returns to normal.
With that mind, please see Kevin and Mary Guilfoyle’s article about preparations for the Oyster Roast elsewhere in this newsletter. They are organizing a safe, restricted event for March 27 at the community building at River Dunes. The precautions include a limit on attendance of 50 people. River Dunes will shuck and serve the oysters and masks will be required. If you want to attend, you must indicate your desire to attend by emailing Kevin and Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t delay.
COVID precautions will also be in place for our first cruise of the season, currently planned for the weekend of April 3-4, and the Shrimperoo on Saturday, April 24, at River Dunes.
Our Cruising Commodore, Howard Cheetham, continues to fill in the details of the cruising schedule. Watch for registration to open on the website as we get nearer to each date.
On the seminar front, the Nautical Co-op (NCO), which includes representatives from all three sailing clubs, is looking into possibly setting up a few virtual seminars with some local experts using Zoom. More on that later.
Speaking of the NCO, the group has chosen the weekend of Oct. 15-17 for this year’s Oriental Cup Regatta.
And finally, back to membership renewals. The deadline is April 1. If you have renewed, thank you! If not, please do so as soon as you can. Just follow the link in the email you should have received last month to renew online. If you have trouble, contact Donna at email@example.com
Sailing quote of the month: “It’s remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living.” ̶ Ernest K. Gann
February started with Groundhog Day, and the rodent forecast another 6 weeks of winter...
But Easter is nearly nine weeks away so the sailing and cruising season is just over the horizon. These last weeks of winter are the time to make sure your boat is in tip top condition, ready for the Easter cruise. The Easter cruise will be weather dependent and the destination will be a secret until we know where the wind will be blowing.
Do we have a member willing to take on this ad hoc event as Cruise Captain? We will provide help, advice and support if you have not done this before and it's a great way to get to know other members of the NSA. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The full calendar for the season is:
Welcome Our New Members!
The excitement is building for the first NSA event of the year - the infamous Oyster Roast. This year we are having to do things a little bit differently than usual due to COVID 19 and state guidelines. Under the current guidelines we are limited to only 50 people. We have over 50 people that are interested in attending the event. The first 50 people that registered have been notified. The remainder are on a wait list. If you are one of the first 50 people that have been registered and your plans change please email Kevin Guilfoyle at email@example.com. The next members on the waiting list will be notified. River Dunes will be catering the event. Beer and Wine will be available.
If you plan to come by boat and need a slip call Scott at River Dunes Marina. Thank you for your understanding of these changes and we look forward to seeing our NSA friends again.
Kevin and Mary Guilfoyle
Our online marketplace is still up and running. When you place an order please let me know so I can arrange to have it delivered to you in Oriental. We still have lots of tee-shirts, caps and visors in various colors. Tee-shirts and caps are $20; visors are $15.
Our NSA Facebook group is one way we can stay connected so please continue to post photos and anything of interest. Who knows, we may have another Zoom happy hour with the details of how to participate posted there. It was so good to “see” all who participated in the last one.
S/V Cool Change
Thanks for all for prompt inputs this month. If any members wish to share newsworthy items in the Neuse Juice, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by the Friday before the second Tuesday of the month. If there are any corrections needed on the website, contact Jeff at email@example.com. Thanks!
S/V Wild Goose
The adventure continues aboard Solveig: Adventures on Solveig.
Any other NSAers out there who have left for warmer climes? Send me your latest to share with those of us left in the cold and seemingly always grey and rainy weather in NC.
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