Boat swap set for May 1

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Now is the time to prepare for Floatzilla and help put the Quad Cities on the map by breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest canoe and kayak raft!

Floatzilla is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest canoe and kayak raft scheduled for Saturday, August 21, 2010, at Sunset Park in Rock Island.  Floatzilla expects to draw more than 1,000 paddlers to the Quad Cities. To break the record, Floatzilla participants will have to link hands, paddles, or hold on to adjacent boats to create and maintain a single interconnected raft for 30 seconds. The current record of 1,104 boats was set on Fourth Lake, Inlet, New York on Sept. 13, 2008.

Those interested in getting involved in the Floatzilla have an opportunity to find or swap for another canoe or kayak the River Action Canoe/Kayak/Bike Swap on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Credit Island Lodge, Davenport, located at the end of Credit Island Road.  If you plan to bring a boat for sale or swap let us know by calling the River Action office at (563) 322-2969. Just showing up is okay too!

The Swap allows people to sell or purchase canoes, kayaks, and bicycles as well as related items. River Action, with the assistance of the QC Bicycle Club, runs the event like a garage sale. Sellers set their own prices. The swap is ideal for all who have canoes or kayaks they no longer use, have out grown their bicycles, want to upgrade, or buy paddling equipment.

Do you need a boat? Or maybe have one or more kayaks and/or canoes in storage? In order to break the record, we need every kayak and canoe (only hard shells, no inflatables) in the Quad Cities - so take inventory and do one of the following as soon as you can:

•  Loan it - You have a boat, but are unable to participate? Why not loan it to someone you know who would like to participate, but doesn't have a boat? Don't know anyone like that? Loan it to River Action and they will pair available boats with able bodied record breakers! Call them at 563-322-2969 or e-mail riveraction@riveraction.org

•  Register it - If you have a boat and plan to participate in Floatzilla, please register now at www.floatzilla.org or call the River Action office at 563-322-2969.

River Action Inc., a non-profit group dedicated to fostering the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the Mississippi and its riverfront in the Quad Cities. Please contact Jeff or Mik at 563-322-2969 with any media inquiries. Additional information can be found at www.riveraction.org or www.floatzilla.org.