Lake Norman & Mooresville

Community sailing group changes name

Lake Norman’s only public-private partnership for sailing and rowing has a new name and has expanded its facilities.

Officials of North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing announced May 16 that the organization was changing its name to Lake Norman Community Sailing.

The name change, Lake Norman Community Sailing Director Sean O’Donnell said in a prepared release, was made “to more clearly reflect who and where we are.”

The nonprofit organization works to provide sailing and waterfront opportunities on Lake Norman for adults and youth.

As part of the name change, Lake Norman Community Sailing has opened a 45-foot by 25-foot storage facility for its inventory of more than 70 sailboats, rowing sculls and support craft.

North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing opened as a public-private partnership with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation in April 2009, the culmination of a four-year effort spearheaded by Huntersville businessman and sailing enthusiast Larry Vitez.

North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing operated out of the renovated caretaker’s cabin at Blythe Landing Park in Huntersville, one of three lakeside parks operated by Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation. Rowing was added after the addition of a dedicated launching dock two years later.

For information on Lake Norman Community Sailing, visit or call 704-947-7245.

Boating safety class

The Lake Norman Sailing and Power Squadron will hold its final boater safety education class on June 13 at the Duke Energy Environmental Center on Nuclear Station Road, just off N.C. 73 in Huntersville.

The class will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $45 per person, which includes the course manual and lunch. Additional family members can attend for $25 per person.

North Carolina law requires anyone operating a vessel with 10 or more horsepower, including personal watercraft, and who was born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, to have completed a boater safety course.

Advance registration is required for the course. Interested participants can register online at

For information, call 516-547-7737 or email

Covekeepers meeting

The next meeting of the Lake Norman Covekeepers environmental group will focus on Duke Energy’s relicensing efforts over management of the Catawba River chain and its associated lakes.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 28 at the East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department, located at 406 S. Pilot Knob Road, Denver.

The guest speaker will be Vicki Taylor, an attorney and environmental activist who is serving as executive coordinator of the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Coalition.

Taylor will talk about the nearly decade-long relicensing process between Duke Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to renew the utility company’s 50-year permit to manage the Catawba River chain.

Among the items that will be discussed during Taylor’s talk will be updates on items in the relicensing agreement, and environmental issues that were raised during the course of the relicensing negotiations.

For information, call 704-489-6249.

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