Increased demand on the watercraft racks in the town of Davidson’s two lakeside parks has prompted town officials to begin using a lottery to determine who will be able to rent one of the racks next year.According to Leslie Willis, the town’s healthy living and wellness supervisor, the town’s Livability Board and Parks and Recreation Department decided to use a lottery because of the demand for the 72 available racks at the two parks – 48 at the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve and 24 at the Parham Gateway Park, on the shores of Lake Cornelius.“It was the need the residents had, especially the need for those wanting to be on Lake Davidson,” Willis said. “There are a significant amount of racks to meet the demand for residents wanting rack space, but there were quite a few people who wanted to be on Lake Davidson.“We can only build so many (racks) on Lake Davidson – in fact, we’re built out in that nature preserve area, not necessarily in Lake Davidson totally, just in the nature preserve. To keep the definition of ‘nature preserve,’ there can only be so many man-made items in that area. We’ve kind of met that; we can’t build any more or we lose that status as a nature preserve.“We’re looking for other sites on Lake Davidson to build (racks), but that was the big reason the Livability Board chose to go that route (implementing the lottery).”Registration for the lottery is open, with forms available online at www.townofdavidson.org/dpr. The actual lottery will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 14, during the monthly meeting of the town’s Livability Board.The lottery is open to town residents only, and proof of a town address may be requested by the Parks and Recreation Department.Lottery winners will be notified by Nov. 1, and have until Nov. 31 to pay in full the $100 annual rack rental fee, which runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. If the fee is not paid by Nov. 31, the space will go to the next person on the list. In addition, all watercraft currently using the racks can remain there without charge until Dec. 31.For more information, contact Willis at 704-892-3349 or email email@example.com.Leukemia Cup RegattaEntries and donations are being accepted for the fourth-annual Lake Norman Leukemia Cup Regatta, scheduled for Oct. 11-12 on Lake Norman.The regatta, hosted by the Outrigger Yacht Club, is open to all ballasted monohull sailboats 20 feet or longer – spinnakers, non-spinnakers, cruising and sport-class boats.A power boat photo scavenger hunt has been added to the activities this year. Participants will be given a list of items to photograph on Lake Norman, with the top three photographers receiving prizes.A skippers-scavenger hunt meeting will be held 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Kings Point-Morningstar Marinas in Cornelius. All participants are required to attend, and dinner will be served (skippers receive a free ticket; all others must pay a $10 fee).The entry fee for the regatta is $25 per boat, with an additional $5 fee for non-U.S. Sailing members. Skippers also receive a ticket to the post-regatta awards dinner and party being held at the Peninsula Yacht Club in Cornelius, with additional tickets $30 each.The first warning signal for the regatta will be given at 9:55 a.m. Oct. 12 near the shoal marker 0.4 nautical miles west-northwest of Channel Marker 2.Race and photo contest details are available in the Notice of Race online at www.leukemiacup.org/nc or www.outriggeryachtclub.org.Proceeds from the annual sailboat race and supporting events go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In addition, boat skippers who raise at least $10,000 can also qualify to take part in the National Fantasy Sail in Captiva, Fla., on Dec. 6-8.For more information, call 828-244-5577 or 704-705-1816.Sailing SceneThe Lake Norman Yacht Club will host the 2013 Southeast Sunfish Regional Regatta for Sunfish-class sailboats on Sept. 28-29.The regional regatta is a qualifying event for the International Sunfish Class Association 2014 World Championships.Entry costs $50 for adult competitors and $35 for juniors.Registration forms are available online at www.lnyc.org. Entries and payment should be mailed to 107 Muses Court, Cary, N.C. 27513. For more information, call 919-467-1096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.• The Lake Norman Yacht Club’s annual “Old Salty” regatta and the club’s Hewson Championship – awarded to the club champion – have been scheduled for Oct. 5-6. More details will be made available at the yacht club’s website at www.lnyc.org.Upcoming events• The Lake Norman branch of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold its final boating safety class of 2013 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the USCGA Station at Midway Marina, 8693 N.C 150, Terrell. The cost is $45 per person. For more information or to pre-register for a class, call 704-528-4594 or email email@example.com. Interested persons can also visit the USCGA website at www.cgaux.org.• The next meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013
On The Lake
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