The newly formed Forgotten Coast Paddle Club has free flowing ambitions for a world-record event.
On Saturday, April 5, about 30 kayakers gathered to begin working out the kinks in an upcoming event they hope will be a record breaker. The paddlers launched from Ten-Foot Hole and the Apalachicola Maritime Museum and traveled north and across the channel of a fog-drenched morning to form a kayak raft of the type specified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
To qualify, each boat must be in contact with at least one other boat and the entire group must be separated from the shore for at least five minutes. When the raft was formed, the boaters raised their paddles in salute and posed for photos.
The get together was a dress rehearsal for something organizers hope will be much bigger.
On May 16 and 17, they hope to set a new Guinness world record for the largest float gathering of kayaks.
The current Guinness world record was set September 24, 2011 when 1,902 kayaks and canoes assembled on Fourth Lake in Inlet, N.Y. at the event "One Square Mile of Hope." It was sponsored by the Central Adirondack Paddlers Society to raise money to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
On Saturday May 17, the paddle club here will attempt to assemble more than 2,100 kayaks to beat that record. Kayaks will gather and be linked by boaters arm-in-arm or paddle-to-paddle and assembled for 30 seconds. Proceeds from Paddle Jam, as the event has been dubbed, will benefit “at risk” children, youth and families in need through the outreach ministries of the Apalachicola St. George Island Cooperative Parish.
Organizers of Paddlejam are Rev. Themo Patriotis of the Cooperative Parish, Danny Itzkovitz, Beverly Hewitt, Palmer Philyaw, Bud Hayes, Missy Miller and Sam Fortunas.
According to their press release, “Paddle Jam is a festival celebrating the
“You can also attend lectures, visit local museums and parks, shop with the local vendors and stroll the historic district. Paddle Jam offers something for everyone and is for people who are passionate about life on the Forgotten Coast.”