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Guiness World Record attempt to be held at Weirs Beach

LakeFest 2013: Hands Across the Water will be held Sept. 7 at Weirs Beach in Laconia. The event is the New Hampshire Lakes Association’s way of celebrating the state’s lakes and sharing simple things everyone can do to protect them. This is a family-friendly event, highlighted by a Guinness World Record attempt for the most canoes and kayaks in a free-floating raft on a single water body. Kim Murdoch, Lake Fest 2013 event manager, told us more:

What is the New Hampshire Lakes Association and how will this event benefit them?

The New Hampshire Lakes Association is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to protect the quality of New Hampshire’s lakes and watersheds through education and advocacy. LakeFest: Hands Across the Water offers a platform to educate a great number of paddlers on how they can help prevent the spread of nuisance aquatic species (like variable water milfoil, Asian clams and zebra mussels) from one waterbody to another using the new Clean, Drain and Dry protocol. LakeFest is a really fun, family-friendly event that’s both entertaining and educational. The New Hampshire Lakes Association believes it’s important for the organization’s events to strike a balance between the environmental and economic values of lakes, and encourage lake enthusiasts to recognize that these values are inextricably linked. Clean, healthy lakes yield vibrant, lake-oriented economies.

H ow do you participate in the hands Across the Water Guiness World Record attempt? Is there a cost?

Online advance registration is available at nhlakefest.org. Registration is $15 per boat through tomorrow, $20 per boat after. You can also call NH LAKES to register at 226-0299.

What time should participants get to Weirs Beach? Is there a specific launch point?

Participants can take advantage of early bird check-in and boat drop off at Weirs Beach on Sept. 6 from noon to 7 p.m. Overnight security is provided. Event-day check-in and registration on Sept. 7 opens at 7 a.m. at all three launch locations: Weirs Beach’s Endicott Rock Park, Akwa Marine and Meredith Bay. The Guinness World Record attempt raft of canoes and kayaks will form just off the Endicott Rock Park beach at Weirs at approximately 10 a.m.

What if you don’t own a canoe/kayak?

Canoe and kayak rentals are available at reasonable rates by pre-registering for LakeFest at nhlakefest.org. Rental reservations must be made in advance; those wishing to paddle from Meredith Bay can arrange rentals through EKAL at 677-8646.

What is the current world record and where did it happen?

The current Guinness World Record, set in 2011 at the “One Square Mile of Hope” event on Fourth Lake in Inlet, N.Y., is 1,902 canoes and kayaks. New Hampshire can capture the Guinness World Record, but we need your help!

Noelle Stokes

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