Kayak Paddlers August Guinness
Michigan paddlers set a world record for largest gathering of kayaks and canoes in August. (Courtesy of Flying Still Photography)

Paddle Mob Sets World Record

Michigan claims Guinness mark for largest kayak floatilla

Kayak Paddlers August Guinness

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On August 31, more than 2,000 paddlers in canoes and kayaks assembled in Suttons Bay, Michigan, to set a new world record for largest raft of canoes and kayaks to float together.

Yesterday, the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that the previous record (1,902 on New York’s Fourth Lake in September 2011) is officially sunk.

To qualify, the 2,099-person multicolored paddle mob had to be held together for at least 30 seconds. Guinness verified the record using aerial photos.

The event raised $50,000 for Sutton Bay Public Schools.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Courtesy of Flying Still Photography