The Commodore's Log
December 2018 - New Beginnings
Welcome from the 2019 Bridge! We hope you and your families are somewhere warm or staying warm for the holiday season!
This coming year, the Neuse Sailing Association is celebrating 46 years of sailing and fun in the sun! 2018 was a year of tremendous membership growth for the NSA. Our club has been active for all these years due to its energetic and loyal membership and the countless hours of volunteer work. We look forward to continuing this tradition with the help of each of you.
Your 2019 Bridge has already begun planning for a fantastic year. We have our first meeting on December 15th, when we will discuss and finalize the schedule of events. If you go to the website, the 2019 Events Calendar will be posted soon and we encourage you to start making your social and cruising plans. We look forward to seeing you at these events and appreciate your help with club activities. If you would like to volunteer please contact the person in charge of the event or contact me directly (Paul Griffin, call/text at 919-210-6494 or email at email@example.com ). If you have questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact any Bridge member and we will address the subject.
We want to thank Commodore Chuck Gordon and his 2018 Bridge for their hard work this past year. They truly delivered on the “it’s NSA time!” theme and have raised the bar for the 2019 Bridge but we promise not to disappoint!
Happy Holidays and we wish you a great New Year!!
s/v Blue Mind
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Save the dates and volunteer for the club!
The following is the tentative schedule for the 2019 cruising season. Mark your calendars now to hold the dates. You don’t want any other pesky commitments getting in the way of a great NSA event do you?
The NSA Vice Commodore of Cruising is looking for a “few good volunteers”. It takes many hands to make light work of running the cruises, so please send a note if you can step up to run one of the cruises in 2019. It is easy and fun, and the Vice Commodore will support you all the way! Send a note indicating your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Cruise Planning Calendar:
April 20 – 21 Easter Cruise
May 25 – 27 Memorial Day Cruise
June 15 – 23 Weeklong Cruise
July 4 – 7 Dog Days Cruise
August 10 – 11 Lazy Days Cruise
August 31 – Sept 2 Labor Day Cruise
October 13 – 14 Fall Cruise/Raft Up
October 27 – 28 Halloween Cruise
Vice Commodore Cruising
Becky and Paul Griffin
s/v Blue Mind
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NSA New Members at the End of Year
I am excited to be taking over as 2019 Vice Commodore of Membership for the NSA, although I have some big shoes to fill. Donna Ryder has done an incredible job over the past year, with 48 new members coming in during that time. And in her typical efficient style, she has left me a very well-organized packet of membership information.
I am happy to let you know that we have some new members this month – and keep in mind if you join at the end of the year, that membership extends until April 2020. Please help us welcome new members Peter Krause and Lynne Alexander, Yacht members on SV LynJan II, a Cape Dory located at Clancy’s Marina. Lynne and Peter are residents of Durham. When you meet our new members, be sure to introduce yourself and welcome them to the club!
If any new member has not yet received a Welcome Burgee, please contact me at email@example.com. If anyone wants to replace a weathered burgee, I have a few available at $25. Just let me know, and we’ll get it in the mail in time for our sailing season.
And I hope everyone will take time to tell your boating friends and neighbors about the NSA if they are not members. I know Carl and I had our sailing horizons significantly expanded when we joined in 2012, and we wished we had done so earlier!
Happy holidays, and here’s to a great 2019!
Vice Commodore Membership
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2018 NSA Photo Contest
To Enter 2018 NSA Photo Contest
It’s time to select your favorites and enter in the 2018 NSA Photo Contest. Log in as a member and select the PHOTO CONTEST tab. And select help, How do I upload photos if you need some coaching.
The 2018 categories are:
- Sailing Action - please name the sailing vessel/s in the photo/s
- Selfies - we want to see your smiling face
- Lifestyles - this is a good opportunity to show why NSA is so great
- Scenic - judging by what I've seen shared, you all have one to submit
- Fun/Wacky/Silly - always a favorite
All members are welcome, in fact encouraged, to enter the 2018 photo contest NOW through 13 Jan. 2019. Select your best photos, filter them down to no more than five per category and get ready to enjoy all the submissions.
Coordinator, NSA Photo Contest
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We Didn't Break It
Communications within the Neuse Sailing association has never been easier! For the last two years, Bill and I had fun contributing our time as NSA vice commodores of communications making this easy communication a reality. We started our tour of duty following a simple rule: ‘don’t break the website’ -- an homage to all the great work done by our predecessors on the site. Quickly we realized that web technology had marched on since the original site was started and that better (cheaper!) solutions existed in the ether. So we updated the web site as well as other functions. Some of the key improvements included
- transferring the website to the Wild apricot service, resulting in an over 200% savings in web costs but more importantly, more streamlined web interactions for members and bridge.
- ability to take credit card payments at Oyster Roast, Shrimperoo and Poker Run
- enabled photo contest voting by members.
We are delighted that Tracy Vail and Robert Pugh have agreed to take the VC communications role for 2019! This is another example where bridge officers don’t have to serve solo—sharing the role is sharing the fun! One other great advantage of the web platform we chose is that it is quick to learn and after just one orientation session (that included a delicious dinner prepared by Robert) Tracy and Robert are off and running the site.
Keep on communicating!
Susanne and Bill Lovelace
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Misto on World Arc
Season’s Greetings from Misto in Cape Town
The Zululand Yacht Club in Richards Bay, near Durban, was extremely welcoming and put on a number of great social events while we were there. We enjoyed a wine tasting, typical Zulu food and dancing as well as the opportunity to braai (South African for grill or barbecue!) with our friends from other boats. We also enjoyed a game viewing trip to Umfolozi game reserve where we had a great day which included many elephant and rhino sightings, and two trips to the St Lucia game reserve where crocs and hippos are the main attraction.
There is a large boatyard right at the yacht club and plenty of services, but we were concerned about how long some things were expected to take. So we had Misto waxed and polished but put off jobs like repairing the gel coat, damaged in Mauritius, to Cape Town. The sailmaker did repair our gennaker in double quick time, and measured for our new sails, while the rigger measured for new standing rigging. Misto has now completed over 40 000 nm so although the standing rigging looked OK we decided to go ahead and have it replaced in Cape Town.
The challenge in South Africa is timing a weather window to get to Cape Town. To make this journey you have to go with the mighty Aghulas current along the coast of South Africa. This current is analogous to the Gulf Stream, but is stronger and in major south westerly winds is known to create 100’ waves and huge “holes” that swallow ships far bigger than us. With help from local sailors and Chris Parker, a weather router from the US, we chose a weather window with easterly wind and set off down the coast. The initial part of the passage from Richards Bay to Durban was very uncomfortable but after that the seas calmed down and we made excellent time, with a current of up to 5 knots speeding us along. There are only a few stopping places for yachts on the South African coast and some boats stopped in East London, but we continued, concerned that if we stopped there we would get stuck for over a week before there was another weather window. So we kept going and also bypassed Port Elizabeth, however, as we approached Mossel Bay we had to make a decision to keep going with some south westerly wind or stop. Based on local advice we decided to stop and spent a couple of nights anchored in Mossel Bay. The weather was uncharacteristically cold and wet and we huddled down looking for our next opportunity to continue on our journey. Unfortunately this anchorage becomes untenable in an easterly wind and the yacht club there can not accommodate catamarans, so as a window of easterly wind approached we were forced to depart. We had to beat out of the bay for 8 hours into strong head winds, swells and current. After that the wind turned in our favor, our course became more westerly, and therefore conditions improved as we rounded Cape Aghulas, the most southerly point of Africa, and headed towards the Cape of Good Hope. We completed the last stretch of this 950 nm journey in brilliant sunshine with stunning views of Table mountain.
We are staying in the Victoria and Alfred marina in the vibrant waterfront of Cape Town. Here we have been able to have our gel coat repaired, our rigging replaced, our dinghy sent for repairs and are awaiting our new sails later in December. It would be tempting to just stay put as there are all the attractions of Cape Town and the surrounding areas, such as the wine lands, to enjoy. But this is our opportunity to visit old friends (we lived in South Africa for almost 18 years) and so we have set off to do just that, starting by flying to Port Elizabeth.
And so that brings us close to the end of 2018. We wish you all a very happy holiday season, whether you are on the water or off it, and the very best of sailing for 2019.
Ros and Howard Cheetham
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Neuse Sailing Association | PO Box 253 | Oriental, NC 28571
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