CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club was recognized as the nation’s leading Carefree Boat Club at the company’s annual conference.

The four-year-old Cornelius company bested 30 other Carefree Boat Clubs based on three metrics: customer service, sales leadership, and corporate and affiliate support.

In addition to the “2013 Boat Club of the Year” award, the Lake Norman boat club also received the “2013 Customer Service Award” and the “2013 Sales Performance Award.”

It marks the second year in a row that the company won the Customer Service Award.

The award was a pleasant surprise for Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club Sales and Marketing Director John Gillette.

“We are honored and humbled to receive these awards among the many successful Carefree Boat Clubs,” Gillette said. “We are also extremely thankful that for a second year our members feel our team provides such a high level of customer service.”

At the annual award banquet, the Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club’s performance was commended for its results despite significant head winds of the slow economic recovery and the inclement weather during the 2013 boating season.

“At each juncture, the Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club rose to meet these challenges head on,” said Kevin Bonnema, general manager of the Carefree Boat Club. “The Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club is an exciting, thriving organization! They are the model of what residents should expect in a boat club: a focused commitment to giving their members the best boating experience both on – and off – the water.”


Summer camps involving sailing - Are your children interesting in learning how to sail? Consider these camps:
• Town of Cornelius – Offered 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Aug. 11-15 at the N.C. Community & Rowing at Blythe Landing. The camp costs $90 for Cornelius and Huntersville residents and $105 for others. Details:

• The Lake Norman Yacht Club – Offered June 16-20. Registration costs $150 for members or $200 for others before March 30, $170 for members and $220 for others before May 15, and $190 for members and $240 by May 30. Details:

• Lake Norman YMCA – Offered as an optional add-on to day camp throughout the summer to campers in third through 10th grades. Details: