Artist powers across river in hollowed-out pumpkin

A contemporary artist from Hackney has become the first person to sail a hollowed-out pumpkin across the River Solent. Dmitri Galitzine set sail from Gosport in Hampshire in the boat made out of a 500kg pumpkin. He arrived an hour and 56 minutes later on the Isle of Wight.

It was fitted with a small outboard motor which allowed him to travel at about 1 or 2 knots. Speaking after his record-breaking feat, Dmitri Galitzine said:

"It went really well, I took on quite a bit of water along the way which was a bit alarming but I made it. It was a little bit nerve-wracking, those ferries go quite quickly as it turns out."

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