The current Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks on a single waterbody…2,099 boats set by Floatilla on Sutton’s Bay in Michigan on August 31, 2013, breaking the previous record of 1,902 boats set at the One Square Mile of Hope event on September 24, 2011.
On August 14, 2014, River Action will make their third attempt at capturing the record at Floatzilla.
And, on September 13, 2014, One Square Mile of Hope will attempt to regain their place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
All canoes and kayaks entered in LakeFest 2014 will be inspected by a NH LAKES Lake Host (and cleaned, when needed) before being launched into Lake Winnipesaukee. Inspections will also be conducted after the canoes and kayaks are taken out of the lake.
Rules for World Record Attempt
Below are the rules we must follow for a valid attempt on the Guiness World Record…
Each boat captain must paddle out to one of the barges decorated with balloons and pick up a numbered sticker before entering the rafting area just off Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee in order to be counted for the record.
Each canoe or kayak within the raft must have at least one person aboard.
Inflatable canoes or kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards, paddleboats, and any motorized craft are not permitted.
The whole raft must float freely for at least 30 seconds.
Canoes/kayaks can only be held together by hands. No craft can be lashed to another by means of ropes.
If at any time during this period the raft is grounded, touches land or any other craft, the attempt is disqualified.
The raft cannot be attached to any other craft or jetty, except during the assembling of the raft.
The record is based on the total number of boats in the raft, not the number of people involved.
No dogs on the raft.
Guideboats are permitted.
Proper, certified life jackets (PFDs) must be worn by all participants.
All passengers and boat captains must sign a waiver form (available during registration).
All passengers and boat captains younger than 18 years of age at the time of registration must have a parent or guardian signature on their waiver form.
Guiness World Record FAQs
“Can I bring a boat other than a canoe or kayak?”
No. Rowboats, paddleboards, paddleboats, sailboats, rafts, inner tubes, and any craft with motor are not permitted per Guinness World Record rules.
“Can I bring an inflatable canoe or kayak?”
No. For your safety, and the safety of others, only canoes and kayaks made of durable materials (wood, plastic, fiberglass, etc.) can be entered.
“Can I have more than one person in my canoe or kayak?”
You may have as many people in your canoe or kayak as it is rated for by the manufacturer… but, wouldn’t it be more fun if everyone had their own canoe or kayak? Remember, the record is based on the number of boats, not the number of people.