We are the Northern Star Hunter Sailing Association, Inc. (NSHSA). We are one of two Hunter Sailing Associations on the Chesapeake Bay. We are about 60 famillies (or boats) strong, and our members sail primarily on the northern Bay, north of the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge (US50/301). Our Hunter sailboats range in size from 25' to 50'. Our experience levels range from novice sailors to blue water cruisers, from new crew, learning to race, to racers who regularly compete.
The Objectives of the NSHSA, in accordance with our By-Laws, are to:
A. Promote medium and long range racing and cruising among Hunter sailing yachts.
B. Collect and disseminate information relating to Hunter sailing yachts.
C. Conduct educational programs related thereto.
D. Advance the tenets of good sportsmanship.
E. Promote or develop any other activities, which may be of benefit to the membership.
We are organized to achieve our objectives through our elected leadership. We hold annual elections for officers,
- Commodore, Vice Commodore, Secretary, Purser and Sail Fleet Captain. They along with the immediate Past Commodore are the Executive Committee, responsible for managing Club affairs.
- We organize additional committees to promote Association activities.
- We collect annual dues to subsidize our activities.
- We conduct two annual business meetings and one planning meeting.
- We organize raft-ups, typically every two or three weekends during the sailing season, and one long distance cruise on or off the Chesapeake Bay.
- We organize one or more races among our members and participate as a club in various Bay area race activities.
- Our members volunteer to be "Captains" and "Admirals" of these NSHSA raft-ups and cruises. They select the theme, anchorage, itinerary and other requirements for the raft-up or cruise, and then they report to the membership via The Portlight and this website.
We present awards to members for deserving service and to race winning skippers. Additionally, we present an annual award, the Calamity Cup, to the member who survives one or more calamitous situations on the water. CLICK HERE to read more about the Calamity Cup.
We communicate through email and this web site. We communicate on the Bay on VHF Channel 78. Our burgee is depicted on the home page of this web site.
See you on the Bay!