Sailing the seas... in a pumpkin!

An artist is attempting to cross the Solent from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight in giant, hollowed out pumpkin.

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Picture: Daredevil crosses Solent in a pumpkin

Dmitri Galitzine believes he has set a world record for crossing the Solent in a pumpkin Credit: Dmitri Galitzine

A daredevil claims he has set another world record for being the first man to cross the Solent by sailing in a giant pumpkin.

Mr Galitzine set sail from Stokes Bay in Gosport at around 9am this morning, and landed at Wooton Creak Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight. The journey took 1 hour 56 minutes.

Galitzine sat inside the giant vegetable and travelled several miles across one of the busiest shipping channels in the world.

The pumpkin was fitted with a small outboard motor which enabled Dmitri to travel at about 1 or 2 knots.

Pumpkin man's Guiness World Record attempt

A daredevil claims he has set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest 100 metres on water in a pumpkin.

Dmitri Galitzine completed the unusual task in 2 minutes.

His record attempt was recorded by independent adjudicators, and will be examined later, Guinness World Records said.

It had said Mr Galitzine would have to complete the 100m paddle within three minutes to set a new record.


Pumpkin sailing challenge

An artist has attempted to set a world record today by becoming the fastest man to sail over 100 metres in a pumpkin.

Dmimtri Galitzini paddled down a timed run in Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth on board half a tonne of the orange fruit. Tomorrow he's going to try to cross the Solent.

Sailing across the Solent in a giant pumpkin

A man is attempting to cross one of the busiest shipping channels in the world in a giant hollowed out pumpkin.

Contemporary artist Dmitri Galitzine has enlisted the help of marine entrepreneur Jonny Boys and his Trafalgar Wharf team to help him cross the Solent.

Galitzine will sit inside the vegetable and travel from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.

The pumpkin will be fitted with a small outboard motor and will travel at a speed of around 1 or 2 knots.

Galitzine said, "Despite weighing 500kg, giant pumpkins are naturally buoyant and have a thick waterproof exterior.

"My biggest challenge are the strong tides across the Solent."

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