Boaters lined up their vessels in Lake St. Clair this weekend in
an effort to set a world record for the most boats rafted together
at one time on a fresh water lake.
More than 1,600 boats came
together in Muscamoot Bay on Saturday for the second annual Lake
St. Clair Raft, event co-organizer Brian Elliott told the Times
Herald of Port Huron. The crowd started early with hundreds of
boats already gathered before noon at the bay, which is known as a
gathering spot for boats every weekend during the summer.
With a makeshift midway between
the two rows of boats on a sandbar, the crowd attempted to walk
through the 3- to 4-feet-deep water from end to end, a feat some
said would have taken hours.
Authorities patrolled the area to
ensure there were no problems, while a vendor patrolled the waters
on a pontoon boat to sell hot dogs and chips to the crowd.
Airplanes flew overhead to snap aerial photographs of the scene.
T-shirts commemorating the event
were also sold to raise money for the Special Olympics and repairs
of the South Channel Lights.
Volunteers now have to verify that
all the boats that participated were registered for the event and
that there was no break in the formation. Last year's
record-setting attempt failed because the line was broken.
The Lake Norman Raft-Up in North
Carolina holds the current record. That event linked 1,453 boats
in July 2004.