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Being promoted as the "largest ever event on Lake Cumberland" by organizers, the first-ever Lake Cumberland Raft will look to set a new Guinness world record for largest boat tie-up next month.
Through the Lake Cumberland Association, a collection of marinas, docks, and businesses, this lake-wide event was born and will come to fruition on Saturday, Aug. 14 at noon.
The event will attempt to break the current record of 1,453 rafted boats on July 31, 2004, at Lake Norman in North Carolina.
All marinas on the lake will provide a full weekend of fun and festivities Friday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug. 15, with the actual event on Saturday.
Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will be present to monitor and oversee the event, which will take place south of Jabez, near the Cumberland Point Recreation Area.
Guinness explains this record is for the greatest number of boats tied-up together in a continuous floating line. This record will be measured in terms of the number of boats tied together, but the length of the chain must be given in meters and centimeters, with the equivalent measurement also given in feet and inches.
The following are Guinness' guidelines for the largest boat tie-up.
o The following kinds of boats are eligible for participation: Powered boats of all kinds (speedboats, cabin cruisers, pontoon boats, ferries and the like), rigid inflatable boats, including aqua bikes such as personal water craft or jet skis, sailing boats of any size, but excluding windsurfers, human-powered boats such as rowboats, canoes and kayaks but excluding wave skis and inflatable boats of any sort, except RIB's.
No home-made rafts or other floating structures are eligible.
o Although it is not strictly speaking necessary to tie the boats together, they should be connected together in a single line for at least one minute in order for the record to be valid.
o Each boat must have at least one person on board during this minute.
o The name of each vessel, as well as the name, phone number and signature of the owner must be recorded on pre-printed sheets and submitted with the record claim.
Association brass are encouraging all boaters from across Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee to join in with the Lake Cumberland boating community to set a new record with all size boats encouraged to participate, even row boats and canoes.
Officials are hoping this becomes an annual Lake Cumberland event.
According to event organizers, the association's goal is for everyone to come together to experience the pride and camaraderie of the entire lake region and encourage participants to experience as many marinas as possible during raft up weekend.
For additional information visit www.lakecumberlandraftup.com or search Lake Cumberland Raft Up on Facebook.
Participants may register at www.lakecumberlandraftup.com or any of the nine marinas, State Dock, Jamestown, Alligator II, Cave Springs, Lee's Ford, Grider Hill, Conley Bottom, Burnside and Beaver Creek, located on the lake.
A registration application must be completed along with a fee of $20 paid. A proof of purchase will be a numbered windshield cling decal which must be displayed the day of the event at the raft up site and will ensure you are counted as part of the Guinness World Record.