Paddle Jam a unifying spectacle

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM.

On Saturday morning, about a dozen vendors had set up in the park offering food, clothing and art.

Sports Authority of Panama City gave away free tickets for a chance to win a fishing kayak donated by the Lifetime Kayaks. The winner was Valerie Jackson, of Apalachicola .

Rental kayaks were available onsite from Journeys of St. George Island; the Apalachicola Maritime Museum had boats available.

Patriotis said 333 paddlers registered but he also said there were late arrivals who may not have registered.

Dayle Flynt, owner of Journey’s of St. George Island , said she rented about 60 kayaks to participants, some of which were tandems seating two people.

 “It may not have been a world record but it was definitely an Eastpoint record,” said Wayne Thomas of Eastpoint.

The first paddlers put in the water at about noon. It took an hour to get everyone on the water and form a raft with every boat in contact with at least one other.

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