Lake Norman & Mooresville

Wildlife Conservationists offer program on birds that visit Lake Norman

A retired Duke Energy scientist will be the featured speaker at the next free nature studies program hosted by the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.

Gene Vaughn will hold a presentation on loons that visit Lake Norman during the winter months. He will also offer those who attend the opportunity to go out on the lake to observe and photograph the birds, which usually arrive in December.

The Wildlife Conservationists’ nature studies program will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

For information on the nature studies program or the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, go to or call 704-895-5686.

Lake Norman Covekeepers to meet Nov. 19

Two guest speakers will highlight the Lake Norman Covekeepers’ monthly meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

Tom Dyson of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and Rick Ross, owner of Organic Footprint Lawn and Garden Center, will talk about how to have a thriving lawn or garden without having a significant negative impact on water quality and the environment.

The Lake Norman Covekeepers meeting will be held at the East Lincoln Fire Department, 406 S. Pilot Knob Road, Denver.

For information, call 704-489-6249.

Russell wins LNYC’s Hewson Championship

Brad Russell won the Hewson Championship – the Lake Norman Yacht Club’s club championship – for the third time since 1999.

Russell, aided by crewman Andy Russell, won three of five races in the Hewson Championship regatta, held Oct. 24-25 on Lake Norman. He beat out Mike Robinson by two points (9-11). Robinson and Dave Safirstein, who finished tied for fourth overall with Larry Lewis, also won heat races.

Russell’s name will now be added to the Yacht Club’s Hewson Trophy, which he first won as a junior sailor in 1999 and repeated as club champion in 2002.

Pipers and Pluckers Regatta

Ohio resident Mike Shayeson won the 49th annual Pipers and Pluckers Regatta, one of Lake Norman’s longest-running sailboat races.

The Pipers and Pluckers Regatta, held Oct. 17-18 by the Lake Norman Yacht Club, is open to sailors using Highlander-class sailboats, and regularly draws competitors from across the United States.

Shayeson, with the Cowan Lake (Ohio) Sailing Association, won three out of four heat races to beat fellow CLSA member Jay Carey by four points (7-11). Mike Perakis of the Berlin (Ohio) Yacht Club won the other heat race and finished third overall.

Leukemia Cup Regatta

Six area sailors won division titles during the sixth-annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, held Oct. 17 on Lake Norman.

Proceeds from the Leukemia Cup Regatta, hosted this year by the Outrigger Yacht Club, went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Division winners were Brian O’Malley in “Blue” (Spinnaker A), Robbie Lorance in “No Filter” (Sport Boat), Bob Klutz in “38 Special” (Non-Spinnaker A), Shari Marcus in “Luvit” (Non-Spinnaker B), Richard Blocker in “Simple Pleasures” (Cruiser A), and Denis Schmider in “Tipsy” (Cruiser B).


▪ The 18th annual Fall 48 Regatta will be held Nov. 14-15 at the Lake Norman Yacht Club. This year’s Fall 48 will also serve as the Carolinas District Championship for Flying Scots-class sailboats. For more information, visit

▪  The Outrigger Yacht Club will hold its annual Commodore’s Cup Regatta on Nov. 14. The regatta is open to OYC members only. Racing begins at 11 a.m., with an oyster roast and awards ceremony beginning 5 p.m. at Mariner Villas Clubhouse. For information, email, call 704-947-0470 or visit

▪  The 30th annual Ice Bucket Regatta, the first event of Lake Norman’s 2016 sailboat racing season, will be held Jan. 1, 2016. For information, email, call 704-287-5254, or visit or

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: