MOORESVILLE – Children in the area can enjoy a week sailing on Lake Norman this summer.
The Lake Norman Yacht Club will hold a weeklong sailing day camp June 10-14 for children 8-18. But the camp is more than chance to practice nautical skills.
“It’s very much a family environment,” said Sarah Jones, a volunteer camp director. “We’ve had three generations of families there at one time. Grandparents coming with their children and grandchildren.”
The yacht club requires at least one guardian on site throughout the day, and often whole families will come and stay for the week.
Campers will go out in the morning, return to shore for lunch, attend a second sailing session in the afternoon. Evenings feature fun activities, including a cookout and a “shaving cream bonanza,” Jones said.
“It’s almost a throwback to the 1950s. Families will come in campers and tents and stay out there in the evenings, play scrabble or cards,” she said.
The yacht club opens the camp to its members’ children, although non-members can attend if they know a member who is willing to sponsor them.
Depending on the fleet that the camper joins, they may be responsible for providing their own boat and equipment. Campers must also bring their food and other supplies.
To promote the family atmosphere, guardians are asked to pitch in throughout the week. Parents can volunteer to help with instruction if they have sailing experience, or they can help by offering first aid, filling gas tanks, patrolling the lake for safety or leading game nights.
The camp has drawn 70-120 campers each summer.
Registration for the camp costs $150 for yacht club members or $200 for guests through May 15. After that, the cost jumps to $170 for members, $220 for others through May 24. Register online at www.regonline.com/lnycsailingcamp.
The Lake Norman Yacht Club, located at 297 Yacht Road, Mooresville, is a nonprofit club with a mission to promote sailing in a fun family atmosphere.