Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sister Newspapers' News

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.

Text Only
Sister Newspapers' News
Sister Newspaper Columns
AP Editor's Picks Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
National and World