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Neuse Sailing Association50 Year Anniversary!

April 2023

'The Neuse Juice'

Volume 50 Number 4

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Happy Easter!! And welcome to Springtime!! Except for this Northeaster with strong winds and very high water. Hopefully everyone’s vessels were safe in their slips and did not get any damage.   Sorry the Easter Cruise was cancelled but the correct decision was made by Cruise Captains Carl and Donna Crothers, Steve Youngson and Cathy Eaton and VC of Cruising Tracy Vail and Robert Pugh. Thanks to them for all the planning they put into organizing the Cruise and for putting the safety of the club first.

This year’s Shrimperoo was a grand event!! The weather was great (except for the threat of a storm) and the attendance was outstanding, 165+ plus and 15 plus new memberships and renewals. Thanks to VC of Special Events Alice Petree and Tom McElroy and VC of Membership Sharon McDonald and all the volunteers for your contributions to a fun day!!

On April 1st VC of Membership Sharon McDonald and Director Rob McDonald hosted a new members Social at the Sea Harbor Yacht Club along with members of the Bridge and Board. There were 30 new members in attendance who we introduced and spoke about the NSA’s activities in the past and coming years. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Social and found it as beneficial as I did.

Remember that the Oriental Boat Show is April 14th – 16th

The NSA will be sharing a booth under the Nautical Co-op of Oriental’s (NCO) banner along with the Oriental Dinghy Club (ODC) and the Sailing Club of Oriental (SCOO).  Thanks to all NSA members who have volunteered to help man the booth. Please attend the Boat Show and stop by the Booth while there.

There will be 16 NSA boats leaving for the Chesapeake on April 24th. We wish them fair winds and a safe and fun trip to the Bay.  Thanks to Pat Thomaier and John Messer for organizing this cruise for the 3rd year.

Registration for Memorial Day is open.  All the slips at Anchorage Inn and Marina have been assigned. More to come about the Cruise.  Please continue to recruit new members and old members to our NSA and let them know that 2023 is our 50th Anniversary!

I am always available if you have questions, concerns or suggestions!

Cell: 919-880-7879, email:

Chuck Gordon 


S/V Pelikan

Cruising Update

Should we stay or should we go?  Na, na, na, na, na, na nah! (Sing along!)

When deciding when to “go” on a cruise, there are many factors to consider when you’re cruising alone.  The size of your boat, the direction of the wind, the strength of the wind, the weather forecast, the variability of different models, the tolerance of your crew, and the flexibility of your schedule are some of the most important. 

When making decisions for a whole group, the stakes are even higher.  We recognize that a lot of planning and preparation goes into the cruises by the cruise captains and the marinas are often counting on our big groups to show.  We also recognize that members have often taken off time from work and cancelled other plans to attend our cruises and we hate to let people down.  On the other hand, the most important consideration is the safety of our members.

I remember when Robert and I first joined the NSA with our “new to us” Ericson 35.  We were both pretty adventure seeking (adrenaline junkies?) and were anxious to get out on every cruise.  We had not yet learned to really study the weather and make an informed decisions but figured if the NSA was going, it must be OK!   We were both working so were on pretty tight schedules and often found ourselves sailing in less than ideal conditions and at times, in downright scary conditions with 50 knot gusts and water spouts!.  

Since then, we’ve learned a lot!  We still tend to lean on the “let’s go” side but we have a higher tolerance, a stronger boat and a more flexible schedule. We recognize that not everyone is in the same place.

For each cruise, we will consult with Chuck, the Cruise Captains and various weather models and make a decision for the group.  There will likely be times when you question; This weather isn’t that bad. Why didn’t we go? Or What were they thinking bringing us out in this?  That’s OK.  The important thing is that each boat learns to consider all the variables and make their own decision about going out on the water.  Safety is key..

Some Apps we use to look at weather and wind conditions include:

Predict Wind
Storm radar
Ventusky Weather Maps and Radar

Often times, the different weather models show vastly different conditions.  This is when your personal considerations come into most important play.  You may want to go with the worst case scenario, the best case scenario or somewhere in between but the most important thing is that all members make the best decision for themselves and their boat, regardless of the group’s decision.

The Week-Long Cruise is planned and open for registration  ==>  Week-Long Cruise

Stay safe and have fun! 
Tracy Vail and Robert Pugh
VC’s Cruising


We love a parade!   Croakerfest Parade!

Calling all showmen and women! Help us celebrate NSA’s 50th anniversary by being part of the Croakerfest Parade on Saturday July 1st.

Once the Croakerfest committee announces this year’s theme, we’ll be looking for ideas, float decorators and of course, some of NSA’s finest to wave to the crowds on parade day.

Contact Pat Thomaier, if you can help with any of these.

Pat Thomaier
S/V Wild Goose




The annual Shrimperoo was held on March 25th, in downtown Oriental. Fresh shrimp, live music, and libations drew in a remarkably large crowd this year.

The event was attended by many members from the public and brought the club several new members.

Please join me in welcoming those that have joined us (so far) in 2023.

  • Andrea and Rob Bayard of Oriental, currently seeking a boat.
  • Eileen Daniel & James Denmark of Oriental, owners of S/V C.A.T, which they keep at Sea Harbour Yacht Club.
  • Rob & Minta Fannon of New Bern, owners of S/V Caroline, which they keep at Northwest Creek Marina.
  • Pete & Carol Flood of Oriental, owner of M/V Blue Yonder, which is kept at Clancy’s Marina.
  • Erik Follendorf & Sharon Davey of Oriental, owners of S/V Seawing, which is kept at a private dock/mooring.
  • Justine Gange & Thomas Parsons of Dundalk, MD, owner of S/V Adventurer.
  • Rick Higgins of Durham, owner of S/V Nauti-Belle, which is kept at Pecan Grove Marina.
  • Mark & Linda Hoff of Oriental, owners of M/V The Duke, which is kept at their home.
  • Charles & Wendy Hutaff of Scotland Neck, NC, owners of S/V Ohana, which is kept at Northwest Creek Marina.
  • Roger & Chrystal Huth of Oriental, owners of S/V Seaduction, which they keep at River Dunes.
  • Deborah Koenig of Fayetteville, NC, owner of S/V Neti Neti, which is kept at Whittaker Creek Marina.
  • Chuck & Jennifer Lawrence of Oriental, owners of M/V Bubbles, which is kept at a private dock.
  • Tom & Anne Marie LeBus of Oriental, owners of S/V Dagny T.
  • Diane Lemieux & Rock Rockwell of Arapahoe, NC, owners of M/V Comanche.
  • Ceri Anne Lewis of Oriental, owner of S/V Delca, which is kept at Oriental Harbor Marina.
  • Liz & Richard Mason of Prospect Hill, NC, owners of S/V Carolina Ketch, which is currently on the hard. (in their front yard!)
  • Andrew Plaice of Raleigh, NC, owner of S/V Eventually.
  • Sam & Emily Slater of Raleigh, NC, owner of S/V Miss Bebe, which is kept at Pecan Grove Marina.
  • Luis Torres Curet of Summerfield, NC, owner of S/V The Parrot Ship.
  • Paul Trizuli of Durham, NC, owner of S/V Walkabout, which is kept at a private dock.
  • Gregory Wall of Oriental, owner of S/V Wall-nuts, which is kept at Sea Harbour Yacht Club.
  • Werner Wildenburg of New Bern, owner of S/V Carolina Girl.

We look forward to kicking off the sailing season with all of you! We’ll see you on the water!


Sharon McDonald
M/V Mischief
VC Membership

What a great Shrimperoo we had this year!

Unlike this Easter weekend, the weather cooperated and was better than predicted: warmer and less windy. With record breaking attendance – over 100 members and 92 guests – we actually ran out of food!

Our volunteers did a fantastic job of hosting this popular event. Tom McIlhenny at Oriental Marina provided the perfect venue and Tiki bar staff for a great party. A big thanks goes out to Dave Sargent of M&M’s for providing the delicious shrimp, which was cooked to perfection by a crack team once again led by Buster Kenny.  Our registration table volunteers managed to control chaos, as the line extended out the docks and onto the street! Once again Alissa Mike, our entertainer extraordinaire, brought people to their feet and smiles all around.

We are a sailing club and always look forward to getting out on the water, but we are proud of what we do on the land too. Our winter seminars, our 2 land socials and our charitable contributions are an important part of who we are. We collected $390 for the 50/50 raffle and all of that will be contributed to the Friends of the Pamlico County Library.  We will present the check to them at the Oriental Boat Show this Friday.

Again, Tom and I want to thank all the volunteers who stepped forward to set-up, register, cook, serve, breakdown and morally support us.  To repeat a well-worn phrase, we could not have pulled it off without you! 

This is our second year and we will be retiring come December. If you love to throw a party, work with great people and enjoy watching folks have a good time – please consider becoming the next Special Events Vice Commodore. We are happy to answer any questions and work with you to make the transition.

Please see photos below of serving items left from the food table.
Contact us for retrieval – ransom to be negotiated.


Alice Petree

703 628-8123

Tom McElroy

703 593-1764

Vice Commodore Special Events

M/V Lochaber

Dinghy Poker Run

The NCO DPR, scheduled for Saturday July 29, is in need of additional volunteers to help solicit and gather items to be used in the silent and live auctions, as well as for prizes for winning poker hands.

Karen Kleiner will be in charge of coordinating and following up with the volunteers for this task.

Click here to see a list of businesses who donated last year, as well as some potential new donors

The list includes names of those who have already volunteered to contact potential donors. If you would be willing to help in this endeavor, please let Karen or me know who you will contact. We will have letters explaining the Dinghy Poker Run and where proceeds will be going for you to give to potential donors.

Also, if you know of other potential donors, please let us know that as well. We are looking for items, artwork or experiences.

The auctions usually have many used items that individuals have donated, so consider the DPR if you have things you are no longer using. We will take paintings/prints, other art work, nautical items – either decorative or functional, decorative pillows, items for entertaining – platters, bowls, napkins and placemats – jewelry and many other items.

All items need to be turned in no later than Saturday July 22.

The proceeds this year will continue to be used to promote youth sailing by providing scholarships to underprivileged children for sailing camp through the Pamlico Coastal Activities Council. In addition, this year part of the proceeds will be used for swimming lesson scholarships for these kids through Oriental United Methodist Church.

As we get closer to the event, I will be looking for volunteers to help at the DPR, so stay tuned!

To volunteer for auction/prize solicitation:

Karen Kleiner –   252-659-1920  

Or Sharon Stephenson –   919-414-7719


Any help you can give us in collecting auction & prize items will be greatly appreciated

Sharon Stephenson
S/V Pelikan

Now is the time to buy your 50th anniversary tee if you missed your chance at the Oyster Roast or Shrimperoo.

We will not be ordering more of these special edition tees. Before placing an online order for any merchandise, please reach out to me 1st to make sure we still have the size/color you would like.
Until our next order, merchandise is currently very limited for all tees, caps and visors.

Other merchandise is available to order on your own through Squad Locker, which the link is attached to Marketplace on our website.

If you haven’t joined our NSA Facebook group, please do! It is a closed group open only to our members. Members are able to post photos and anything else of interest.

Click here to visit our online shop!

Kathy Kenny

Vice Commodore - Social Media & NSA Wear Coord.

S/V Cool Change



If there is something you would like to see in the Neuse Juice please send us your ideas!

My goal is to keep the newsletter on the second Tuesday of the month.

send your stories and photos to, and add "Neuse Juice" in the subject line.

Jean Hardtle
Vice Commodore of Communications - Neuse Juice

S/V  Knot Shore
1974 Gulfstar



We have some new sections of the website for this year… (click the links to view)

  • Our New Member area!   Learn about our newest recruits!
    • If you are a New Member please send a picture and a write up to us.


Now is a good time to update your profile avatar… (avatar means Picture) as we are now featuring pictures on the Directory and Home Page of all members... so we know what we look like!

  • Click on your name in the upper right black bar on the website.
  • Click the Edit Profile button.
  • Scroll down to Avatar
    • Click on the words Remove/Change
    • Please use a picture that shows a close up of your face.
  • When done, scroll back to the top and click on the Save button

   ---> or send your picture to and we'll take care of it!

Fair Winds and Following Seas!

                   You made it this far again! 
Awesome... you should read some of the Old Neuse Juice's here ==>  Neuse Juice Archive


Erik Hardtle

VC of Communications -Website

S/V  Knot Shore
1974 Gulfstar


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