Warm temperatures and a day off from work or school April 3 helped bring out the crowds to Lake Norman for what was the first boat ride of the season for many.
Concord resident Douglas Naumann had been out on his 21-foot San Juan sailboat earlier this year, but brought his wife, Gail, daughter Jeffrica Garcia, and granddaughters Kaia Garcia, 10, and Kaelynn Garcia, 4, to sail for the first time this season.
“With this high wind, I won’t be putting out the full sail, but we should have a good ride,” said Naumann.
Mason Vanbibber, 17, from Concord, saved up money he earned from working last summer to buy a Sea-Doo GTX-D1 personal watercraft that matched the one his father Chris Vanbibber bought at the same time in November.
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This was the first time the Vanbibbers were able to try out them out.
After a short run, Mason came back to the dock, ran back to shore and changed into a wetsuit. “It’s fast, but it was too windy to go all out. The water is still too cold,” Mason said as he headed back to his Sea-Doo.
Dallas resident Cory Horne found the wind to be a little too much as it snapped the guy-wire for his mast, causing the mast to be torn from on his 18-foot sailboat and stranding him with his dog, Josie, on an island.
Luckily, Horne hadn’t been waiting long when Huntersville residents Tammy and Mark Stieve, cruising with their daughter, Taylor Stieve, and her friend Katie Peace, spotted him and towed him to Blythe Landing in Cornelius. “I saw him waving and I waved back. Then as we passed I thought he might need some help,” Tammy Stieve said.
After tying his boat at the slip, Horne extended his hand and asked Mark Stieve, “What do I owe you?”
“Not a thing,” Stieve said as he shook Horne’s hand before getting back on his 26-foot Sea Ray ski boat and heading out on the lake. He had lots of company.
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