- Associated Press - Sunday, August 3, 2014

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - Nearly 400 paddlers launched their canoes and kayaks at the same time Sunday in what organizers say may have been a record-breaking event in New Hampshire.

The simultaneous launch of 396 boats in less than 15 seconds was part of LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza at Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. The current Guinness World Record for the largest number of kayaks and canoes launched at the same time was set in Tasmania last year with 308 boats. LakeFest officials will now seek official certification from Guinness.

Organizers also had hoped to top the 2,099 boat record for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks but fell short.

The festival was a fundraiser for NH Lakes, which works to protect lakes and their watersheds through advocacy and education.