Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I Helped Break a World Record!

Last year for World Environment Day, the kayakers & canoeists of Pittsburgh gathered for an event known as Paddle at the Point.  The goal was to break the world record for the world's largest kayak/canoe flotilla.  We had to have over 1,104 hard-hulled canoe/kayaks held together by hands only floating for 30 seconds+ without disassembling or touching land.

It was a moderately warm day, but windy and dreary and inevitably rained.  Did you know it rains more in Pittsburgh than Seattle?  But we wound up with 1, 619 in our flotilla, a fact they just verified officially this week.

My In-Laws in the Wooden canoe they made themselves!

Boyd and Leah, they borrowed our Canoe

Nick, Me & My brother.
My brother kept calling me a "semi" in my 16 ft touring kayak that took forever to turn around, while he turned on a dime in his teeny whitewater kayak, but guess who showed him when It started to pour just as the flotilla broke up?  Needless to say, I made it to shore in half the time his little squirt did.  
A good time was had by all! May our record stand for a good long time.