No record, but a fun attempt

Paddlers wave at a small drone that took photos of Raft Up.  - Natalie Martin/Staff Photo
Paddlers wave at a small drone that took photos of Raft Up.
— image credit: Natalie Martin/Staff Photo

Quartermaster Harbor was a colorful scene on Sunday, as hundreds of people in canoes, kayaks and even stand-up paddle boards joined together just off Jensen Point. The event was an attempt by Vashon Youth & Family Services to break the world record for the number of canoes and kayaks rafted up at one time, while also raising funds for the social services agency. The weekend included camping and a music festival at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

With around 250 boats participating, the group fell far short of breaking the current record of 2,099 boats, set by a group in Sutton’s Bay, Michigan. But VYFS director Kathleen Johnson said everyone seemed to have a good time, and the agency made a profit, though she was not yet sure how much. There is already talk of trying again next summer, Johnson said. The coming days will be used to survey participants and organizers about what worked well and what could be improved next time.

“We’ve proven that this little island can get people excited about something like this,” she said.


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