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September 5, 2012

Flotilla organizers miss the record

— SUTTONS BAY, Mich. -- They came, they paddled, they floated, but in the end they failed to set a new Guinness World Record.

The 1,750 kayakers and canoeists who showed up last weekend didn't have the numbers to rewrite history.

“We came so close,” said event organizer Kate Thornhill.

The Suttons Bay total fell 152 boats below the Guinness flotilla record of 1,902 set last fall by Inlet, N.Y.

Suttons Bay’s goal was 2,000 registered boaters. Only registered kayaks and canoes could be counted, according to Guinness guidelines.

The record may have been broken as an initial, unverified count indicated as many as 2,049 boats may have been in the bay. A last-minute breeze, however, pushed some craft out of the official count circle. Also some kayaks and canoes may not have been officially entered.

Organizers said they will consider hosting the event again next summer.


Details for this story were provided by The Record-Eagle in Traverse City, Mich.

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