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September 2, 2012

Floatilla count upcoming

SUTTONS BAY — Suttons Bay Floatilla volunteers and boaters will have to wait until Tuesday to know whether they paddled into the Guinness Book of Records.

It will take magnifying glasses to find out.

A tally of 2,049 colorful kayaks and canoes taken Saturday has to be verified because a wind came up just as the 30-second count was being taken, said Mike Murray, Suttons Bay Schools superintendent.

The wind caused some kayakers and canoeists to drift away from the count circle and then come back into it. Organizers have to make sure they weren't counted twice.

The verification count will be taken by studying aerial photograph with magnifying glasses, which is the way Guinness does it, Murray said.

"We can't do the count today because we won't have the aerial pictures from the photographers until then, he said Saturday.

Inlet, N.Y., holds the current record of 1,902, set in September. Suttons Bay's goal was 2,000 registered boaters. Only registered kayaks and canoes can be counted.

The total number of boats registered and the amount raised by the fund-raiser also were unknown Saturday because organizers had no time to add last-minute paper registrations taken Thursday and Friday. Registration fees benefit the Suttons Bay Schools Activities Fund.

"However, the count turns out, the floatilla was a wonderful thing," organizer Kate Thornhill said. "We all had fun and a great time."

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