9/20/12 Update: A small number of pink hats are still available for sale. Go to our Orders page for details! Also, a few jigsaw puzzles are available for pick up at the Inlet Information Office.
As of 11/16/2011 - $80,000 has been sent to Susan G. Komen for the Cure by One Square Mile of Hope - thanks to all for making this happen!
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1,925 boats form giant raft;
Adirondack Town of Inlet beats Pittsburgh
A giant mosaic of 1,925 canoes and kayaks filled a corner of Fourth Lake off the shore of the central Adirondack town of Inlet on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The boats vied against Pittsburgh, PA for the Guinness Book of World Records championship title as World’s Largest Floating Raft.
Inlet has about 400 residents; Pittsburgh has 350,000. While the Guinness title winning determination will not be made for months, the Adirondack raft’s boat count was far beyond the Pennsylvania city’s 1,619 boats. David beat Goliath handily.
“When the little town of Inlet decides to win, we do it in a big way,” said Connie Perry, organizer of One Square Mile of Hope, the raft-building event that hosted over 2,200 paddlers in solo and tandem boats from 14 states and Canada. “We had two goals: to raise funds for Susan G. Komen For the Cure for breast cancer research”, she said, “and to grab back the Guinness World Record we held three years ago.” In 2008, Inlet grabbed the title with 1,104 boats.
The rules for the Guinness competition are very detailed and include more than just the number of boats. Adele Burnett, Director of Inlet’s Information Office, said that the boat count last Saturday was verified by a simple system that entailed each paddler being handed a numbered sticker before entering the designated area. “We immediately knew there were at least 1,925 boats in the raft”, said Burnett. “So we know for certain that we had far more boats in our raft than Pittsburgh had.” The aerial photos and video will be reviewed by Guinness and an official determination will be made at a later date. Not until then can the world record be claimed.
Perry isn’t worried about Guinness declaring Inlet the official winner, but the waiting will be hard. Pittsburgh’s raft had 1,619 boats last year, and it took almost 6 months before they were awarded the title. “With 300 more boats, we know we won the count. Now we’ll wait to see if we win the official title,” Perry said.
Congratulations to the winners of the 3 boats raffled off for One Square Mile of Hope 2011: Dorothy Whyte of Marcellus, NY won the Necky Eliza and Mike Cramer of Marion, NY amazingly had his name drawn for both the Placid Boatworks Spitfire 12 and the Hornbeck 10 foot pack canoe.
The list of sponsors and volunteers who helped make One Square Mile of Hope happen is truly a mile long! Thanks to all of our supporters for making a truly memorable day possible!
Click on the links below to see photos and videos that have been shared by many of you who joined us for this special event. To share your photos, e-mail them to email@example.com
One Square Mile of Hope in the News!
Be sure to check out the following magazine coverage (print issues):
Sports Illustrated - October 3, 2011 - pages 10-11
Canoe & Kayak Magazine - December 2011 - pages 24-25
National Geographic Magazine - April 2012 - pages 14-15 Click here to see the photo!
The Record is Still Ours!
On January 31, 2012 our claim for the World's Largest Raft of Canoes and Kayaks (and guideboats) was approved by Guiness World Records™!
You can read about our record of 1902 boats here.
A big thanks to all who helped make this happen!
We know of two attempts to break our record during the summer of 2012 - neither was successful, so the record remains in our hands!
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