Description: Let's party and paddle at the "Raft Up!" kayaking and music festival, August 16 and 17, on Vashon Island, and be part of a world-record-setting most kayaks in one raft!
More details (from the event website):
Sutton’s Bay, Michigan holds the current world’s record for the most kayaks and canoes rafted up. In 2013, they organized a raft up of 2,099 boats on Sutton’s Bay.
But, in the past two years the record has been broken by other groups! That’s why we’re aiming to gather 2,500 boats, raise $70,000 for VYFS (Vashon Youth and Family Services), and show the world that the Northwest is the canoe and kayak capital of the US!
Raft Up begins on August 16th, with camping and a music festival at the Open Space. Centrally located on the Island, the O-Space (as it is known) will be open at 2 p.m. for early campers and 4 p.m. for the festival. Approximately 200 camp sites will be available at the O-Space and even more at Vashon School District for Raft Up participants and their guests. Camping on Vashon is not something that happens often. We encourage Raft Up participants to come on Saturday and camp, to enjoy the music and food, and to avoid long ferry lines on the morning of Sunday, August 17th.
The fun starts early the next day, Sunday, August 17th, with waterfront activities at Jensen Point, along the shores of Quartermaster Harbor. The record-breaking Raft Up attempt will take place at 1:30 p.m. on the 17th.
Meetup Schedule and Itinerary:
None. Just show up and have a good time. Saturday there's a music festival and Sunday there's a waterfront festival and world-record kayak raft. For anyone who wants to do some paddling, well ... the whole thing is on very nice Quartermaster Harbor. ~~~ /v ~ /v ~ /v ~~~
Camping space is available for Saturday night. If you're camping out, festival pre-registration is suggested, as the prime festival camping area may fill up.
For finding the other meetup folks at the festival, check in with Aaron at cell phone[masked] when you get there.
Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks. The rest is up to you. If you need a rental kayak, check Vashon Watersports, http://www.vashonwatersports.com/.