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Recent Posts:
Dowry Creek Cruise – Activity Page – report & photos posted 8/7/16
Sponsorship Requirements, Membership Application foot of Home Page – updated 7/31/16
Croakerfest – Activity Page – photos posted 7/11/16
Dock & Dine – Activity Page – photos posted 7/11/16
Spring Chesapeake Cruise – Activity Page – posted 6/7/16
Cruise Schedule – Calendar Page – updated 5/31/16
Handbook – foot of Home Page – updated 2/25/16 (Boat Roster, Marine & Business Directory)
Handbook – foot of Home Page – updated 2/22/16 (Boat Roster, Flag Officers, Sponsorship Requirements, Membership Application, Cruise Captain Checklist, Cruise & Seminar Schedules)
Seminar Schedule – Calendar Page – updated 1/24/16
Change of Watch – photos posted 1/20/16
Cruise Schedule – Calendar Page – updated 1/20/16
Commodore Cup – Activity Page – posted 1/15/16
Winter Pilot – Newsletter Page – posted 1/13/16
Boat Roster – foot of Home Page – updated 11/15/15
Mumfest – Activity Page – photos posted 10/12/15, report 10/29/15, addit photos 10/31/15
Bath/Washington – Activity Page – posted 10/18/15

Message from the Commodore:
2016 Commodore’s Message – posted 1/24/16

Upcoming Events:
Aug 26-27 – Dock, Dine & Swim – River Dunes
Roger & Leslie Hammer 249-6080
Update 8/18/16
We’re less than two weeks away from SCOO’s River Dunes Cruise where we can take advantage of the marina’s refreshing outdoor pool and air conditioned club house
Date: August 26 & 27 (No Rain Date)
Location: River Dunes Marina
Details: Rendezvous at River Dunes Marina on Friday after 12 PM Cocktail party at 5 PM – BYOB and a hor deuvres to share Dinner at 6 PM at the River Dunes Harbor Club Depart River Dunes Saturday morning
If you wish to make this trip RSVP by August 22 to Cruise Captains Roger & Leslie Hammer, 252-249-6080 or email: rehammerjr@gmail.com
Please contact the Harbormaster, Rich Beliveau at River Dunes directly to reserve a slip 252-249-4908
As always, in case of questionable weather, it is up to each captain to make the decision to participate.
Comments: Sponsors – this is an easy way for prospective members to satisfy a membership requirement by either participating in sailing event or an overnight cruising event. Encourage them to participate – better yet – join them for what promises to a delightful evening close to home.

Sep 1 – Regretta Regatta – Sea Harbour Yacht Club
Gerry & Cheryl Crowley 249-9802
Update 8/21/16
The 2016 SCOO REGRETTA REGATTA is fact approaching,. less than two weeks away (Sept 1, 2016) ! If you wish to participate in this “RELAXING” event on the waters of Oriental, with a shore side pot luck following at Sea Harbor please register with Gerry and Cheryl Crowley (249-9802, or email :gerryandcheryl@centurylink.net ASAP. I’ve attached a recap of the 2014 EVENT so that you can reminisce, try to remember who those people are etc:
Crowley 2014 Recap
I’ll get more details of the 2016 event out within a few days. When registering please tell me how many people will be attending the shore side event with you, The Social Committee likes to be able to be prepared!
Hope to se EVERYONE on the water this year.
Gerry Crowley.

Sep 17-18 Oriental Cup Regatta (not a SCOO event)
Neuse Yacht Racing Association – open to all registrants

Sep 12-16 – Morehead City / Cape Lookout Picnic on the Beach & Lighthouse Tour
Pat & Almira Dallas 249-2585

Sep 28 – Commodore’s Cup – Pecan Grove Marina
Joe Glorioso 249-2404, Gordon Kellogg & Social Committee

Oct 7-9 – Smell the Flowers Mumfest Cruise – New Bern
Ray & Kathy Ruppert 249-1162

Oct 17-25 – Southport & Bald Head Island Cruise
Will & Beth Martin 716-812-1370
Update 7/25/16
SCOO’s fall cruise this year is to Southport, NC/Bald Head Island. The schedule has us departing Oriental on October 17 with a return on or about October 25. Although it’s 12 weeks away I thought it might be worthwhile to bring it up to give folks who weren’t aware of the voyage time to plan, offer input, and make arrangements. For those of you who were aware of the cruise this would provide an opportunity for input regarding routes, marinas, and anchorages. Your cruise captains for this trip are Beth and Will Martin (S/V Martinique) and Jamie and Chris Behre (S/V Jorum).
There are several possible routes to get to Southport by boat. Probably the most common is by way of the AICW. However, in discussing the trip with others, some have shown an interest in making an off shore passage, cutting a day or so off of the trip. In the next several paragraphs I’ll sum up my initial thoughts on routes and schedules.
The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway provides a relatively consistent route down the coast, albeit a bit slower than an off shore passage. The trip is about 115 nautical miles from Oriental to Southport and can be broken up into a three day trip, each leg taking about 8 hours. My initial idea of a potential itinerary is:
• Monday, Oct. 17 – Depart Oriental for Swansboro – approx. 8 hours, 42 nm
• Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Depart Swansboro for Hampstead – approx. 7 hours, 32 nm
• Wednesday, Oct. 19 – Depart Hampstead for Southport – approx. 8 hours, 37 nm
• Thursday, Oct. 20 – In port at Southport
• Friday, Oct. 21 – In port at Southport during day, Underway for Bald Head Island in afternoon – transit approx. 45 minutes, 3 nm.
• Saturday, Oct. 22 – In port BHI
• Sunday, Oct. 23 – Depart BHI for Hampstead – approx. 8 hours, 40 nm.
• Monday, Oct. 24 – Depart Hampstead for Swansboro – approx. 7 hours, 32 nm
• Tuesday, Oct. 25 – Depart Swansboro for Oriental – approx. 8 hours, 42 nm.
A trip up or down the AICW is far less dependent on the weather, but does come with its own set of challenges. With the exception of our area around Oriental, the AICW is basically a relatively narrow ditch that has certain areas that are subject to rapid shoaling. The portion of the AICW south of Swansboro and north of Topsail Beach has been the subject of a number of articles and warnings for shoaling. However, many, many cruisers make it up and down through that stretch of water every day successfully. Also, I am not a big fan of attempting to navigate “the ditch” at night. Crab pots and nets are difficult to see and avoid at night, so for the most part, I limit my AICW travels to daylight hours.
The final issue regarding transiting the AICW is the drawbridge schedules. There are, I believe, three drawbridges (swing bridges) between Swansboro and Wrightsville Beach. The two in Wrightsville Beach are on a schedule, so this can add some time to the transit. I don’t know if the bridge in Topsail beach is on a schedule or demand, but it can add some time to that leg of the trip.
If you would like to go offshore the trip to Southport would possibly take less time, but the distance would be about the same for one option and about 20 nm further for the other. The biggest drawback I see would be the requirement for an appropriate weather window for the off shore passage.
Option 1 would be to go from Oriental to Beaufort then leave Beaufort Inlet and head SW to Massonboro Inlet and rejoin the AICW in Wrightsville Beach for the remaining 21 nm trip to Southport. The distance from Beaufort Inlet to Massonboro Inlet offshore is about 65 to 70 nm, which with the right conditions could be made in about 11 hours. After arriving in Wrightsville Beach you would only have about a three hour transit down to Southport. One possible itinerary might be:
• Monday, Oct. 17 – Depart Oriental for Beaufort – approx. 4 hours, 22 nm
• Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Depart Beaufort for Massonboro Inlet – approx. 11 hours, 70 nm then pick up the AICW at Statute mile marker 285 for run to Southport – approx. 3 hours, 21 nm.
• Wednesday, Oct. 19 – In port at Southport
• Thursday, Oct. 20 – In port at Southport
• Friday, Oct. 21 – In port at Southport during day, Underway for Bald Head Island in afternoon – transit approx. 45 minutes, 3 nm.
• Saturday, Oct. 22 – In port BHI
• Sunday, Oct. 23 – Depart BHI or Southport for Wrightsville Beach – approx.. 3.5 hours, 24 nm
• Monday, Oct. 24 – Depart Wrightsville Beach/Massonboro Inlet for Beaufort Inlet – approx. 11 hours, 70 nm.
• Tuesday, Oct. 25 – Depart Beaufort for Oriental – approx. 4 hours, 22 nm.
Option 2 would have you leave Beaufort Inlet and enter the Cape Fear River, rounding Cape Fear. This option adds about 20 nm to the trip, but with the right weather window would be a great off shore passage. A possible itinerary for this trip might be:
• Monday, Oct. 17 – Depart Oriental for Beaufort – approx. 4 hours, 22 nm
• Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Depart Beaufort for Cape Fear River Inlet – approx. 17 hours, 103 nm then approx. 45 minutes, 3 nm to Southport
• Wednesday, Oct. 19 – In port at Southport
• Thursday, Oct. 20 – In port at Southport
• Friday, Oct. 21 – In port at Southport during day, Underway for Bald Head Island in afternoon – transit approx. 45 minutes, 3 nm.
• Saturday, Oct. 22 – In port BHI
• Sunday, Oct. 23 – In port BHI or Southport
• Monday, Oct. 24 – Depart BHI or Southport for Beaufort Inlet – approx. 17 hours, 103 nm.
• Tuesday, Oct. 25 – Depart Beaufort for Oriental – approx. 4 hours, 22 nm.
One thing to keep in mind if considering an offshore passage for this trip; if the weather is not conducive for sailing offshore on one side of the sail then consider taking the AICW and wait and see if things are more in your favor for the return voyage.
Both offshore passages sound great, given a good weather window. The Cape Fear route takes you (well, it would absolutely take me) about 20 nm out around Cape Fear before heading back north to make the Cape Fear River Inlet. If you were to take that route, the Bald Head Island Marina, where we would stay if going to Bald Head Island, would be hard to starboard just before reaching green flashing buoy 13A.
As I mentioned in the opening, this is just an initial notice of the upcoming cruise. I would really appreciate your feedback on what you would like during the trip. As for the routes we discussed, no one has to take any given route. If you, as skipper, think the conditions are right for an offshore passage, by all means, take the trip. If you would rather enjoy the changing landscape that a cruise down the AICW affords, then that’s the route for you. As we get closer, I’ll be getting some specific information regarding marinas and activities.
Will Martin Cell: (716) 812-1370 / Email: will.martin@imalife.com
Chris Behre Cell: 757-647-0654 / Email: Cpbehre@centurylink.net

Oct 28-29 – South River Pizza Rendezous
Chaz & Neilda Coats 249-1616

Jan 14, 2017 – Annual Change of Watch Meeting
Social Committee

SCOO Officers:
Commodore: Joe Glorioso (252-249-2404) Send email
Vice Commodore: Ray Ruppert
Rear Commodore: Chris Behre
Secretary: Catherine Baxley
Treasurer: Bob Taylor
Board of Governers:
Term thru 2016: Jerry Luh, Gordon Kellogg, Jerry Buckmann
Term thru 2017: Nelda Coates, Bob Pittman
Term thru 2017: Pat Dallas, Roger Hammer
Nominations Committee: Eric Lind (chair), Elizabeth Buckmann, Beth Michne
Social Committee Chair: Roger Hammer
Membership Chair: Gordon Kellogg
Pilot Editor: Gordon Kellogg (252-249-2130) Send email
E-Mail Provider: Chris Behre (252-249-1059) Send email
Webmaster: Les Smith (919-812-4721) Send email
Handbook: Kathy Ruppert (252-249-1162) Send email
Social Committee: Social Committee Members
SCOO Board Meetings: to be advised
Meetings are held at the Oriental Town Hall at 0930 hours, all SCOO members are welcome to attend. 2016 meeting dates are Feb 22, May 2, Aug 1 & Nov 7.

SCOO Photo Directory:
Member Photographs taken at 2015 Annual Meeting (posted 2/9/15)

SCOO Forms:
Membership Application (updated 7/31/16)
Reimbursement Form (posted 2/8/13)

Updated Handbook Pages:
2016 Message from the Commodore (posted 2/26/16)
2016 Seminar Schedule (updated 2/22/16)
2016 Cruise Schedule (updated 2/22/16)
2016 Flag Officers & Management (updated 2/22/16)
Event & Cruising Considerations (updated 2/7/13)
Marine & Business Directory (updated 2/25/16)
Boat Roster (updated 2/25/16)
Sponsorship Requirements & Application Form (updated 7/31/16)
Cruise Captain Checklist (updated 2/22/16)
By-Laws (posted 1/4/15)
1K Nautical Mile Award (updated 2/18/14)

SCOO is a cooperating member of BoatUS and members of SCOO who join or renew their membership are eligible for a discount on the annual membership fee.
The SCOO Cooperating Group Number is GA80948S