Triple Mercury Racing outboards pulled a total of 80 water skiers for a Guinness World Record for the largest human pyramid on skis. The record was set August 18th in Janesville, Wisconsin by the Rock Aqua Jays water ski team with the help of two additional Wisconsin based teams. Joining the Rock Aqua Jays were skiers from the Aquanuts team from Twin Lakes and the Webfooters, based in Fremont.
A total of 80 skiers in multiple four-tier pyramids traveled 1,148 feet – about twice the distance necessary to officially surpass the existing 64-skier record. About a year of training and practice preceded the world-record attempt, and more than 2,000 spectators witnessed the accomplishment.
The skiers were pulled from the dock area by a pair of tandem boats powered by Mercury Racing OptiMax 300XS outboards. Once the skiers reached open water, the lead boat released; the pyramid then came together and the record run was accomplished behind a single boat powered by triple OptiMax 300XS outboards. All outboards on both boats were equipped with Mercury four-blade 15-pitch Revolution propellers.
“Mercury Racing has a long and storied history of breaking records and raising the bar,” said Steve Miller, director of marketing, sales and service at Mercury Racing. “This was a perfect opportunity to yet again demonstrate what our products and the people who design and build them are capable of.
“We were thrilled to do it all over again with such a wonderful and dedicated group of athletes, and we extend our congratulations on this amazing achievement.”
The skiers initially broke the existing record with a 70-skier pyramid, then added 10 more individuals on a subsequent run to establish the 80-skier record. Guinness officially confirmed the record within two weeks.
“This world record could not have been possible without our friends at Mercury Racing,” said Kevin Ostermeier, who was responsible for putting together the world-record attempt. “The power and reliability are there when we need it, regardless of what they’re pulling!”
The Rock Aqua Jays, founded in 1961, have won 20 national water skiing titles since 1975. They were the first amateur team to build three-tier, four-tier and five-tier pyramids.
“This record shows how passion, talent, and teamwork can come together in a common goal to execute a remarkable feat,” said Ostermeier.