Thousands paddle their way into the Guiness Book of World Records
Thousands of people took to the waters on Saturday trying to paddle their way into the record books for the 2nd Suttons Bay Floatilla.
Folks from all over the state, Canada and even New York gathered at the Suttons Bay Marina Saturday morning to challenge a Guinness World Record for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks. The current record is 1,902 and was set by Inlet, New York. Suttons Bay made the attempt last year but came up short with only 1,750 floaters.
"The people from Inlet New York, the current world record holders are here helping us with this because they would like us to break their record so that they can go back and try it again because it was so much fun," said Michael Murray, Superintendent for Suttons Bay Public Schools. "That gives them the incentive to break our record and then in turn we would try to break their record."
Not only is the event fun for everyone to enjoy, it also raises money Suttons Bay Public Schools.
"It started out the idea was that we were looking for a fundraiser that wasn't just the usual lets go out and sell things," said Murray. "We wanted something that built community spirit that pulled everyone together and was fun and this matched all those criteria."
As of 1:00 Saturday afternoon, the final count was 2,099 kayaks and canoes registered for the event. Organizers say they should find out if they broke the record sometime this winter, after officials from the Guinness Book of World Records crunch the final numbers.