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The Thrill of The Race

The lake was littered with sailboats of various colors and sizes Saturday afternoon.
Voices called each other over the radio, praying for that perfect gust of wind.
And then the race was on.
The annual Lake Norman Hospice Regatta, held at the Lake Norman Yacht Club in Mooresville and benefiting Hospice of Lincoln County and Hospice at Charlotte, brought in almost $23,000 for the three-day event.
Nancy Cole, special events coordinator for Hospice at Charlotte and of Lincoln County, said they exceeded their goal.
“We wanted to raise over $20,000,” she said.
John Ogden, chairman of the event, has been involved with the Regatta for the four years it has been in existence.
“I wouldn’t do it if it was not for charity,” he said.
The event began on Friday evening with a party at The Point. Live music, dancing, a cash bar and a silent auction were some of the attractions.
Cole said she thinks most of the money was pulled in from the party.
Approximately 23 sailboats raced during the weekend with five races held on Saturday and three on Sunday.
The winner of the race, Chuck Lineberry, qualified for the national Hospice Alliance Regatta in Maryland which takes place in April.
Treez Decker, has been racing all four years, and has been a Regatta co-chair for three of them.
She said the fact that the money goes to Hospice, hits close to home.
“I have used Hospice for my father,” she said. “He had cancer.”
John Carter of Mooresville watches the race each year. Carter used to race but had to stop due to medical problems.
He now motors around the perimeter of the race.
“I like to get a good view, but I don’t want to obstruct anyone’s wind,” he said.
This was his first year on his own powerboat. He made his way through all the sailboats, greeting everyone as he drove by.
Decker said she hopes to make the Regatta the premier event on the lake.
One of the sailboats on the lake Saturday waits patiently for the Hospice race to begin. The event was held at the Lake Norman Yacht Club in Mooresville. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photoby Amy Wadsworth

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