Lake Norman NC's World Record Breaking Raft Up Party is July 25th!

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Lake Norman-Like Raft Up Party


Lake Norman is poised to set a new world record at the mega "Raft Up" party tomorrow, July 25th! And, this in not the first time as Lake Norman has long held the record for a Raft-Up until local officials thought it was too dangerous and stopped them in 2005. 

If you are new to Lake Norman and/or aren't settled here yet, you may be wondering exactly what is a  "Raft-Up"?.  Well, according to one Lake Norman local on the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron website a raft-up is:

Lots of fun with your boat sitting still in one place on the water!  Members bring their boats together at a selected location on the lake and tie together with an anchor boat. Then a really a great "cocktail party and dinner" on the water begins. We all share stories, food and beverages while enjoying the gentle rocking of the boats and possibly even some swimming.

This year's "Lake Norman 2009 AquaPalooza" is free for all and runs from 10:00am - 4:00pm.  While the main attraction is the world record setting tieing up of boats that will stretch from Lake Norman's Midway Marina just south of  the NC 150 bridge south, there is a full day of fun planned including an on-the-water concert from 1-3pm by the Sponge Tones of Charlotte.  And, there will games for kids as well.

If you are brave enough to want to join the actual Raft Up, you can register your boat at the Aquapalooza website. I believe the current record is well over 1000 boats!  For more information you can also call Tom Riemann at 704.892.9676.  For some great photos, check out the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron website.  The event headquarters is Midway Marina at the 150 bridge.

So, if you love to party and love boating on Lake Norman, you simply can't miss this day of fun and craziness.  Have fun but be safe!


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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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Diane, My daughter would join this in a heartbeat and love every second of it :)  I hold my breath on half the activities she participates in and this one sounds like fun :)

Jul 24, 2009 10:44 AM #1
Nevin Williams
Sierra Pacific Mortgage Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
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Diane - sounds like a blast!  Kind of similar to Spring Break in Lake Havasu AZ except much more under control I would imagine

Jul 24, 2009 12:00 PM #2
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
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WOW! Great fun! Have a safe time!

Jul 24, 2009 02:37 PM #3
Jeff Dowler CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Diane - sounds like a fun thing to do for boat lovers. I would be seasick so would need to stay on shore. LOL. So how many rafts do they typically get?


Jul 24, 2009 04:07 PM #4
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha


Sounds like fun to me; lots of coolers on each raft?

Jul 24, 2009 09:53 PM #5
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

We had a raft race type event here until someone got hurt. Be safe and don't have too much fun.

Jul 24, 2009 10:38 PM #6
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Diane, This sounds just like someting the Lewis family would completely enjoy! have a fun and safe weekend!

Jul 25, 2009 01:09 PM #7
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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OOO! I wanna go to THIS!

Maybe next Summer!  :)

Jul 27, 2009 05:02 PM #8
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