A standing-room-only crowd attended the Oct. 13 meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission in Mooresville, but the high interest turned out to be the result of misinformation.
The crowd – one of the largest ever at the Marine Commission’s monthly meetings – was on hand because of rumors that had spread over social media about proposed changes to the no-wake rules and the use of wakeboards on Lake Norman.
However, the rumors were not true, according to Marine Commission executive director Ron Shoultz, who said it all began with a no-wake buoy application from the Tweed Place Homeowners Association, which manages a Mooresville community in a cove off the McCrary Creek section of Lake Norman.
“We received the application about two weeks ago,” Shoultz said. “That cove also happens to be the home of a kid who happens to be an avid wakeboarder and wakesurfer. He has his own wakeboarding school, and wakeboards and wakesurfs in that cove extensively.
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“The mouth of that cove by statute is ‘no wake,’ so these folks wer asking us to help them out because they wanted this no-wake buoy.”
That’s when the rumors began to surface, according to Shoultz.
“The word gets out to the wakeboarding community that ‘the Lake Norman Marine Commission is considering shutting down three coves to wakeboarding and wakesurfing activity due to erosion,’” Shoultz said.
“It was a bunch of falsehoods and misinformation,” he said. “I got up with those guys and explained the Marine Commission’s position, which is that we support the rights of all boating on Lake Norman. But with that support, we expect all boaters to follow the rules and regulations regarding safe boating. Included in that is the no-wake law.”
The day before the Oct. 13 meeting, Shoultz and Mark Lancaster, Iredell County’s representative on the Marine Commission, met with representatives from the region’s Watersports Industry Association in Charlotte.
“What they’re trying to do is protect the rights of the marine community on various lakes,” Shoultz said. “There’s been a huge pushback nationwide on wakeboarding boats. Some states and some areas have virtually outlawed them, or made the no-wake zones for them pretty restrictive. They’re fighting those kind of things.
“We understand that, but our position is that we don’t care what kind of boats you’ve got on this lake. If you abide by the rules, then have at it. If you break the rules, then we’ve got a problem. We got that message across to them.
“Bottom line, it was concurred that education and information is king, and that industry is committed to educational efforts to make sure the people that are using their boats understand the rules and regulations. They’re even going to the effort of making anyone who buys a boat gets an instructional video or a talking to about the laws and regulations pertinent to North Carolina.”
Shoultz said that the Marine Commission would take up the matter of the Tweed Place Homeowners Association’s no-wake buoy application at its November meeting.
In other business:
• The October meeting was the first for John Marino and John Gerke in their new roles with the Marine Commission. Marino took over for Dan Stehle as chairman of the marine commission, while Gerke took Marino’s place as Catawba County’s representative on the commission.
• The next meeting of the Marine Commission will be 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. www.lnmc.org.
CYC-NC dominates at Board Bash Regatta
Captains from the Carolina Yacht Club-NC of Wrightsville Beach won three out of eight division titles during the 2014 Board Bash Regatta, held Sept. 27-28 on Lake Norman.
CYC-NC captains Glenn Walker won the Laser Full division title, Thomas Smith the Laser Radial division title, and Nicole Castoro the Opti Green division title at the regatta, hosted by the Lake Norman Yacht Club.
Other division winners were Elaine Parshall of the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor, N.Y., (Sunfish Adult); Hogan O’Donnell of Cornelius’ N.C. Community Sailing and Rowing (Sunfish Junior); Kaitlyn Hamilton of Carolina Yacht Club in Charleston, S.C. (Opti White); Lucy Spearman of the Atlanta Yacht Club (Opti Blue); and Jamie Renneker of the Hobcaw Yacht Club in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Opti Red).
• The Lake Norman Yacht Club will hold its annual general meeting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the yacht club’s main clubhouse, 297 Yacht Road, Mooresville.www.lnyc.org
• The 17th-annual Flying Scot Fall 48 Regatta will be held on Lake Norman from Oct. 1-Nov. 2. A clinic with MAD Sails’ Ryan Malmgren is scheduled for Oct. 31 at the Lake Norman Yacht Club, with racing on Nov. 1-2. The entry fee is $48 per boat, with a $12 late fee for entries received after Oct. 25. For information, call 704-892-1700 or 704-564-7418, firstname.lastname@example.org
, or visitwww.lnyc.org
• Registration is open for the Wilmer Trophy Regatta, scheduled for Nov. 1-2 on Lake Norman. The regatta is open to members of the Lake Norman Yacht Club, Outrigger Yacht Club or Peninsula Yacht Club who have boats with a current PHRF certificate from the Lake Norman Keelboat Council. The entry fee is $35 for U.S. Sailing members and $40 for others, with a $10 late fee for entries received after Oct. 27. For information, call 704-947-0470, email@example.com
, or visit www.outriggeryachtclub.org.
• The 24th-annual Carolina Keelboat One-Design Regatta and the U-20 East Coast Championships will both be held on Lake Norman Nov. 8-9. Both regattas will stage from the Lake Norman Yacht Club. For information, visitwww.lnyc.org