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April 12, 2022

'The Neuse Juice'

Volume 49 Number 4

 Commodore's Log

Congratulations to Alan and Pat Backus for winning the NSA Anniversary Race and taking home the beautiful specially designed NSA Anniversary Race Trophy.  Alan and Pat very skillfully sailed Escapade a Tartan 372 across the finish line first!   It was an exciting race day with beautiful weather and just enough wind to keep the race interesting.  In second place was Chuck and Sharon Stephenson on Pelican a Beneteau 373 . Third place was Carl and Donna Crothers on Sanctuary a Beneteau 373. Other NSA racers on the water were Dave Roletter in Makani Olu a Cabo Rico 38 and Bill Kepp in Cheval De Mer a Beneteau 373. I want to thank all the captains and their crew for coming out on the water to race in an effort to celebrate the Anniversary of NSA. The Oriental Dingy Club (ODC) served as the race committee and managed our race for us. After the race over 50 people skippers, crew, committee boat members and race organizers gathered together for the After party at the Red Rooster.  Chris Daniels provided a wide variety of pizzas and a cash bar for the party. It was a great time.  Bob Slook the commodore of ODC spoke at the after party and suggested NSA members interested in racing but a little apprehensive about their knowledge and racing skills might want to consider becoming part of the ODC Crew Pool.  You do not have to become a member of ODC to participate in the Crew Pool. Racing Skippers are always looking for people to crew for them during a race.  If you are interested in racing but feel you need more experience, go to the Oriental Dingy website and there is a link to the “Crew Pool”. Check it out. This would be a great way to practice racing so that when it comes time for the Oriental Cup NSA members will be ready to race!

Enough talk about racing – it’s time to think about all the great cruising our club has coming up! Jason Keyes has arranged for the Easter Cruise to head to Beaufort Docks.  There are over 19 boats registered. Beaufort has so much to offer to visitors of the town. Great restaurants, bars, entertainment and beautiful sights of water, horses and sun. You More information about the cruise will be in Jason’s article and on the website.  ________________________________________________________

It’s also time for those interested in the Chesapeake cruise to start their preparations. There are 16 registrants for the month-long cruise. Pat Thomaier planned a great cruise last year and fortunately for the club she is willing to do it again. This year Pat is planning for the cruise to head all the way to Baltimore. 

One last bit of information about the 2022 Shrimperoo. Alissa Mike was the outstanding singer that provided the entertainment. As she started signing “Under the Boardwalk” she asked for back-up singers and instantly the talented female singers of NSA joined her on the stage as the first ever “Shrimpettes”.  I have a feeling this may be the start of something good!

Hope I see you all at the Boat Show this week-end!

Mary Guilfoyle
M/V Meridian

New Destination

Easter Cruise

Changed to

Beaufort Docks,

April 15-17

Cruise Captain: Jason Keys


Hello, captains!


I hope everyone is getting excited for a great sailing season!

 I wanted to remind everyone that our first cruise of the year will be Beaufort Docks, over Easter weekend (4/15 through 4/17). This is just a weekend cruise, however, if you would prefer to get there Friday night, that option is available.

We'll have a social on the docks on Saturday. Of course, there is an option to drive for the social only, if you don't want to join us for the weekend.

Please go to the website and register, indicating whether you are planning to bring your vessel or just coming for the social. I need to give the dockmaster an idea of how many vessels he needs to anticipate.

See ya' on the water!

Jason Keys

S/V Sol Mate


Please keep reading we have updates from the cruise captains for the Chesapeake & the Memorial Day Cruise below.

Chesapeake Cruise, departs on Saturday, April 23

Cruise Captains: Pat Thomaier & John Messier

Wow! We have 16 boats registered for the Chesapeake cruise! The NSA burgee will be flying in popular spots like St. Michael’s, Solomons and Annapolis, and, courtesy of Tim Drake, the beautiful Chesapeake Yacht Club.  Watch for an email announcement of the Zoom Skippers Meeting, and keep checking the forum for any late breaking news. Oh, and pray for a repeat of last year’s excellent weather. (We can hope.)

Cruise Captains, John Messer & Pat Thomaier

S/V Wild Goose

Memorial Day Cruise to Ocracoke, May 27 – 30, 2022

Cruise Captain: Chuck Gordon

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me! Call/text 919.880.7879 or email


Cruise Captain Chuck Gordon

S/V Pelikan

PS – There are still some Cruises without Cruise Captains. If you have an interest, please contact your Vice Commodore of Cruising Jason Keys.

Thank you John, Pat & Chuck for the updates, we are hoping for a good turnout on all of these cruises.

Jason Keys

S/V Sol Mate

Welcome Our New Members  

The Shrimperoo on March 26 brought in quite a few new NSA members along with the bountiful grilled shrimp! It was a very fun event with great food, wonderful music and good company! And our New Members Social on April 9 was equally enjoyable, as you will see from these photos. We had a great turnout with more than 30 new members in attendance!

Please join me in welcoming these new members who have joined the NSA in the past month:

  • Rob and Andrea Bayard of Oriental, currently between boats
  • Dan Cashman and Mary Duquette of New Bern, owners of S/V Loro Loco, which they keep at Northwest Creek Marina
  • Barry Dubois of Oriental, owner of M/V Pig, which he keeps at a private dock
  • David and Kelly Greenlee of Raleigh, owners of S/V Days Like This, which they keep at River Dunes
  • Dennis and Jackie Howard of New Bern, owners of S/V Last Resort, which they keep at a private dock in Fairfield Harbour
  • Gene and Mary Klark of Oriental, currently seeking a boat
  • James Knopp of Durham, owner of S/V Dream Catcher, which he keeps at Pecan Grove Marina
  • Ed and Ann Kreul of Leland, owners of S/V Annalee, which they keep at Pecan Grove Marin  
  • Steve and Darlene Marquart of Oriental, owners of S/V Absentia, which they keep at Pecan Grove Marina
  • Barbara McKenzie-Tervo and Jay Tervo of Beaufort, owners of S/V Dream, which they keep at Pecan Grove Marina
  • Bob and Debbie Meyers of Merritt, currently seeking a boat
  • Mick and Denise Shimskey of New Bern, owners of S/V Salty Turtle, which they keep at the Hilton Grand Marina
  • Dan and Diana Solie of Oriental, owners of S/V Zen Moments, which they keep at Pecan Grove Marina
  • Tim Stark of Raleigh, currently seeking a boat
  • Jeff and Cindy Weaverling of Lawrence, KS, owners of S/V Early Out, which they keep at Pecan Grove Marina
  • Bob and Leslie Wintemberg of Ringwood, NJ, owners of S/V Shenanigans, which they keep at Pecan Grove Marina
  • Robert Kilburn and Wanda Strukus of Melrose, MA, owners of S/V Mary Speed, which they keep at Pecan Grove Marina

We were happy to get to know many of these new members better at the New Members Social! If you have friends who might enjoy the NSA, please be sure to point them to the website or have them give me a call at 336 403 6534.

See you on the water soon!

Donna Crothers

S/V Sanctuary

2022 Shrimperoo After Action Report

The sun came out, no rain, but it was a bit windy.   Did I say it was windy?  It was bleeping WINDY!!!!    Volunteers at the registration desk chased paperwork all day.  Cooking volunteers wrapped tin foil around the cookers to retain the heat. And thanks to Joe Valinotti, we narrowly averted disaster when the tent threatened to blow down!  But we’re sailors, right?  We can’t change the wind, but we adjust our sails.

Thanks to Dave Sargent of M&M’s, we had excellent shrimp, cooked to perfection by Buster Kenny and his intrepid crew of volunteers.   If you see them, please let them know how much we appreciate their support. 

We had over 50 non- members, and 120+ members in attendance.  As usual, NSA members provided plentiful and tasty side dishes and desserts.  I know the quality of our spread attracted several random paying guests.

The big hit of the day was our entertainer,  Alissa Mike, of New Bern.  She set the stage for an exciting event with her amazing voice, dynamic energy, and varied repertoire.  She was even gracious enough to “accompany” our very own “Shrimpettes” in a rousing number that brought the house down.  I have multiple requests to bring her back next year!

Our 50-50 raffle resulted in a donation to the Friends of the Pamlico Library, which is working towards a major construction project for the new county library.

Most importantly there were 30-45 member volunteers (many of them brand new members): setting up, registering guests, co.oking and serving shrimp, renewing memberships, selling raffle tickets, cleaning up.  It really does take a village to pull off an event of this size.  Our profound thanks to all who made it happen

What a great kick off to the

2022 NSA Sailing Season!

 Alice Petree & Tom McElroy
 M/V Locha

Thank you to Donna for helping organizing the booth volunteers and to you and everyone who helped with the booth.

Chuck Gordon

Director, NCO Representative

S/V Pelikan


NSA Merchandise

We still some have NSA merchandise for sale. The sizes we now have are medium v-necks in women's and men's (unisex) are XL. The colors we have are pictured. The visors and cap colors are also pictured. Shirts, caps and visors are $20 and koozies are one for $3 or two for $5. You will want to get yours before your next cruise. You can e-mail or text/call me and I will deliver to you in Oriental. 

Thanks to everyone for posting some great photos on our private NSA Facebook group. Please continue to post as we all love seeing the photos when we can’t be there in person. As a reminder, our Facebook group is only for our paid members.

Happy, Safe Sailing and Motoring! 

Kathy Kenny

S/V Cool Change


My goal is to keep the newsletter on the second Tuesday schedule going forward. So I will need your input by Monday, of the preceding week. Please send your stories and photos to, and add "Neuse Juice" in the subject line.

Jean Hardtle 

S/V Knot Shore 


The start of the new year is a good time to make sure your NSA info is up to date in your profile. It’s super easy, just click on your name in the upper right after logging in, and click the “edit profile” button. If you’ve forgotten your password, just go to the NSA website (, click on the “Log in” link and click on the “Forgot password” link to reset your password.

Finally, if there are any errors, mistakes or updates needed on the website, be sure to let me know, email me at .

Erik Hardtle

S/V Knot Shore

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

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