November 17,  2021

'The Neuse Juice'

Volume 48 Number 11



 Commodore's Log

 

  Carl Crothers, Commodore

  S/V Sanctuary

Commodore’s Log November 2021

We had a rocking good time on Saturday afternoon under sunny skies at River Dunes for the 2021 Commodore’s Ball. Thanks to the River Dunes Harbor Club and the fabulous duo Hoff ‘n Finch for the perfect combination of music, food and drink. 

I was honored to salute the outgoing Bridge members for their work this year and to introduce Mary Guilfoyle as our Commodore for 2022. The club will be in very capable hands. 


Mary presented her Bridge for next year following unanimous approval of the slate at that morning’s annual membership meeting. The 2022 officers and directors are listed below.

A special moment came when I had the honor of presenting Chuck Gordon and Sharon Stephenson with a Bridge Resolution conferring Lifetime Membership on them for their many years of extraordinary service to the NSA. There are now six Life members of the club. In addition to Chuck and Sharon, they are NSA founder Andy Denmark, former commodores Jim Shaw and Jim Dugan, and longtime member Hans Nickstadt.


Mary presented her Bridge for next year following unanimous approval of the slate at that morning’s annual membership meeting. The 2022 officers and directors are listed below.

A special moment came when I had the honor of presenting Chuck Gordon and Sharon Stephenson with a Bridge Resolution conferring Lifetime Membership on them for their many years of extraordinary service to the NSA. There are now six Life members of the club. In addition to Chuck and Sharon, they are NSA founder Andy Denmark, former commodores Jim Shaw and Jim Dugan, and longtime member Hans Nickstadt.As I said at the Commodore’s Ball, it’s been an honor to serve this year as your commodore. Covid and weather affected many of our events and cruises, but we persevered and had fun anyway. It’s difficult to get between the NSA and a good time. We always find a way.

Here’s to a successful 2022.

Your 2022 Bridge:

OFFICERS:
Commodore – Mary Guilfoyle
Vice Commodore/ Cruising – Jason Keys
Vice Commodore/ Finance – Howard Cheetham
Vice Commodores/ Communications – Erik and Jean Hardtle
Vice Commodores/ Special Events – Alice Petree and Tom McElroy
Vice Commodore/ Membership – Donna Crothers
Vice Commodore/ Social Media and Merchandise – Kathy Kenny
Secretary – Margo Fesperman
Director of the Dinghy Poker Run – Sharon Stephenson
Past Commodore – Carl Crothers

DIRECTORS:
2024 – Kevin Guilfoyle, Buddy Taylor
2023 – Tom Quigley, Rob McDonald
2022 – Chuck Gordon, Howard Gutzeit


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

Carl Crothers
Commodore
S/V Sanctuary



Cruising Outlook

 Howard Cheethan

  VC Cruising

  S/V Misto


Halloween brought our cruising calendar to a close. It was a dull overcast morning so only a few boats made it to South River, but those who did enjoyed a good sail across the Neuse, a friendly raft up, convivial beverages, and an excellent lunch from all the shared dishes. Special mention to the grilled chicken that Rob delivered from the stern of “Mischief.” With the overcast conditions our “photo-op” was rather bombed although there were some impressive cameras on display. More on the Halloween cruise at the end of the Annual wrapup:


Mother Nature did her best to upset us during 2021, but overall we had quite a good year.

We started with an Easter Cruise which is a rare event, going across the river to Clubfoot Creek followed by the inaugural Chesapeake Cruise – a month going casually from place to place – wonderfully led and coordinated by Pat and John. This was such a success that it will no doubt become an annual feature in our calendar. 

After this, inclement weather became a regular feature in our plans. The Anniversary race was cancelled, Memorial Day at Lookout was replaced with a sail to Vandemere and a hospitality on Scott and Sandy’s Deck overlooking the Bay River.

TS Claudette messed up the weeklong which turned into a few good days after the storm for those who braved it as far as Ocracoke. The remnants of Hurricane Elsa passed through after that, showing how hard it is to have firm plans for sailing in the summer in NC. 

The heat of summer led to the Dog Days cruise changing from Bath (with no power and limited dockage) to Beaufort thanks to Carl’s organizing and planning. The Lazy Days of August was led by Tracy and Robert to their favorite hidden beach far along South River and nobody let some rainy conditions disrupt the party (which coincided with Cara’s birthday)

Chuck worked his magic as always for an excellent Labor Day cruise to Ocracoke, despite the remnants of Hurricane Ida trying to disrupt us. Weather ultimately won out with a lot of boats returning on Sunday to avoid motoring into strong SW winds on the Monday, while those who could afford the time battened down the hatches and then stayed on later into the week.

October weather at last cooperated and we got our cruise to West Bay with perfect anchoring conditions off the beach. Erik was at last able to bring out his beach grills and a feast was produced followed by a glorious bonfire. 

Which brings us back to Halloween, after the lunch trip over in South River we returned to enjoy hometown Oriental for the Witches Crawl and Fancy Dress parties. 


We are closing the season with our “unofficial” Bahamas cruise (Tracy and Robert) under way and an “unofficial” Florida cruise being planned on Facebook (so far I see Laurie and, Rich underway; Kay – who started the discussion aiming to depart next week; Scot and Sandy Planning for Thanksgiving; Kevin and Mary planning for a January departure, and Carl and Donna thinking of Joining the fun).

With that I sign off and hand over the VC Cruising burgee to Jason.

Cheers!

Howard Cheetham

Vice Commodore, Cruising

S/V Misto


 Membership

 Donna Crothers

 VC Membership

 S/V Sanctuary



Welcome New Members  

Many of you met some of our latest new NSA members at the Commodore’s Ball on Nov. 13! Our newest members are John and Beth Hiner of New Bern, owners of S/V Carolina Breeze, which they keep at the Blackbeard Sailing Club, and Bruce and Nancy Woods of Morehead City, owners of S/V Caper, which they also keep at the Blackbeard Sailing Club. If you didn’t get to meet these great folks at the River Dunes event, be sure to give them a warm welcome whenever you do!

Also joining the NSA this month are Enrique and Kathryn Garcia of Arapahoe, owners of S/V Pelican, which they keep at Wayfarers Cove Marina. Be sure to welcome the Garcias, too!

The NSA has attracted 46 individual new members so far during 2021 -- which is even better than a record year in 2019 -- and we are pleased that so many have become active right away. We greatly appreciate the interest and participation of our new members!

See you on the water soon!

Donna Crothers

Vice Commodore, Membership

S/V Sanctuary




 NSA Wear

  Kathy Kenny,

  VC Social Media, NSA Wear Coord.

  S/V Cool Change


There seems to be some confusion as to what platform to use when registering for events. The ONLY way to actually register is through the NSA website. When you receive an “invitation” through Facebook it is only intended as a reminder for the event. You can still accept that invitation or not and other members can see your response. This will not, however, actually register you. Facebook does not send e-mail invitations so please respond to the e-mail invitations to register for all events. If you prefer not to get Facebook invitations/reminders please let me know and I will take you off the list for receiving them. 

We have tee-shirts, caps, visors and koozies for sale in Marketplace. Help us reduce our inventory and place an order. Thanks to all for your support! 

Enjoy the holiday season and travel safe!

Kathy Kenny

Vice Commodore, Social Media

S/V Cool Change


Communications

 Jeff Kenyon
 S/V Calitri (website)

Pat Thomaier
S/V Wild Goose (Neuse Juice)


More photos!

Keep those great event photos coming to to jeff.kenyon@gmail.com for inclusion in the main website scrolling photos area. We’ll also select one photo per month as the website background picture. For the background, the photo needs to have "interesting" content along the top and sides, since the website content consumes the entire middle.

Jeff Kenyon

Vice Commodore, Communications

S/V Calitri

Neuse Sailing Association | PO Box 253 | Oriental, NC 28571


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