Sail & Power Squadron helps set world record at Rose Marina

Kathleen Reynolds
Special to the Sun Times

If you've been at a social event with a Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron member lately, you've probably heard the question, "Did you make it?"

Marco Islanders have been anxious to find out the results of the squadron's latest quest.

Answer: Yes, we did!

The Marco Island site at Rose Marina – one of 274 around the world – had 95 participants and a few well-outfitted dogs, all trying to beat the record for the largest number of participants wearing life jackets all at the same time.

The previous world record was 6,973 people. The new record, set on May 16, is now 10,917 people. That's next year's number to beat.

Moreover, the Marco Island event, graciously hosted by Rose Marina, had the highest number of participants from any of the many sites across Florida.

Commander Peggy Reiss credits the success of the event to the many civic and social groups that participated, including the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the city of Marco Island, MI Fire and Rescue, MI Police Department, Collier County Sheriff's Office, Marco Island Civic Association, the Civil Air Patrol, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at Rookery Bay, Team Ocean at Rookery Bay, the Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Marco Island Sport Fishing Club.

MISPS is a member squadron of the United States Power Squadrons, which each year participates in Safe Boating Week.

The "Ready, Set, Wear It" campaign, a initiative during Safe Boating Week, attempts to get broad support for the wearing of life jackets while on the water, particularly since more than 80 percent of boating fatalities involve those not wearing life jackets.

The local squadron is a non-profit educational, social, and service organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable. Offerings to community members include boating courses and free vessel safety checks.

More information

Go to marcoislandsailandpowersquadron.org or call education officer Ted Reiss, 239-213-8722