Lake Sinclair boaters come out in force
Boaters on one Georgia Power reservoir – Lake Lanier – set the Guinness Book of World Record’s new mark over the weekend for the largest flotilla/boat parade on record.
Somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 vessels took part in the “Trump boat parade” on the lake in suburban Atlanta, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Roughly 120 miles south, meanwhile, Lake Sinclair also took part in another round of Trump boat parades over the weekend.
It marked the second large Trump boat parade on Lake Sinclair in as many weeks. On Aug. 30, somewhere between 500 and 1,800 boats converged on Lake Sinclair, setting off from Sinclair Marina before making several large laps.
“It all started very small and just grew from there,” said Janice Westmoreland, event co-organizer and chairperson of the Baldwin County Republican Party. “I was talking to two of my boating friends, and the idea just sort of took off after that. I was shocked when I saw how many people were there when we arrived at the marina. There were thousands of people.”
Westmoreland called the event “an example of the silent majority coming out of the shadows,” adding that “we love boating, and we love our president.”
Despite the increased traffic and choppier waters, the boat parades on Lake Sinclair, Lake Lanier and other Georgia Power reservoirs went off without a hitch. Choppy waters, however, created issues at several events around the country, including a Trump boat parade on Lake Travis in Texas. According to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, “Almost immediately upon the parade going into motion, TCSO began receiving distress calls from boaters. The first call came in at 12:15 pm, and the last distress call associated with the parade came in a 1:53 pm. The distress calls varied and included: boats taking on water, stalled engines, capsized boats and boats sinking. TCSO responded to 15 distress calls and received three additional reports of boats taking on water from a local towing company.”