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Inlet’s Guinness World Record Attempt
September 13, 2014
Despite the cool, damp weather, over 3,150 boats with participants from 31 states, 2 Canadian Provinces, Thailand and Belgium converged on Fourth Lake in Inlet, NY on September 13 to shatter the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of canoes, kayaks and guideboats.
The raft, held together only by hands, fulfilled a Guinness rule by free-floating for at least 30 seconds. A seaplane carrying photographer Nancie Battaglia flew overhead capturing what will become Inlet’s third record-breaking event. A second plane piloted by Jim Payne, containing videographer Lori Diemer, recorded the moment for the Guinness Committee. Earlier, videographer Eric Mishalanie with the assistance of Casey Hamlin recorded the entry process as each boat picked up a numbered sticker and moved into the raft-up area.
All of this video and photographic evidence has been sent off to London so that Guinness can verify the accuracy of the count.
One Square Mile of Hope Committee co-chairs Carolyn Belknap and Connie Perry thank the committee members, Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks, and our participants and sponsors for their dedicated support that made our success possible.
Inlet has once again lived up to its title of “The Little Town That Could,” and did.
OUR COUNT OF 3150 BOATS RAFTED TOGETHER TO RAISE MONEY FOR A GREAT CAUSE HAS BEEN VERIFIED BY GUINNESS AND WE ONCE AGAIN HOLD THE RECORD!
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One Square Mile of Hope is not an annual event. We have held the event three times, in 2008, 2011, and 2014. Each time we have held the event it was to set a new record. If and when someone sets a new record, we will consider holding another One Square Mile of Hope, but not until then. As you can imagine, this was a tremendous effort for our small community and it would be impossible to hold annually.
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Thanks to all of you who participated and supported us in ways large and small!
Thanks to Clark Lubbs of the Starving Artist Gallery in Old Forge for taking some amazing photos on the ground and on the water yesterday. Click here to take a look.
And many thanks to Will Sillin for standing on top of Rocky Mountain for 3 hours and putting together this incredible time lapse video. You have to get chills watching this, especially if you were there