America's Cup to go ahead

The organisers of the America's Cup have confirmed this year's event will go ahead despite the death of Olympian Andrew Simpson.

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Sailing event 'Bart's Bash' in honour of Andrew Simpson

The race is in honour of the sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson Credit: PA

Plans to host a large-scale sailing event in tribute to Dorset sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson has been unveiled today.

The event has been named 'Bart's Bash' in honour of the olympic sailor who died in May while training for the America's Cup.

The race is due to coincide with what would have been Simpson's 37th birthday on 21st September 2014.

Shaw picks up sailor of the year

Olympic windsurfing star Bryony Shaw has capped off her impressive 2013 season by claiming the British Sailing Team’s Athlete of the Year prize.

Bryony Shaw wins Sailor of the year prize Credit: British Sailing Team

The 30-year-old was handed the BOA Athlete of the Year trophy for Sailing at a team presentation at Hayling Island Sailing Club on Friday, having claimed an impressive seven podium finishes from the nine events she’s contested this year.

After a tough 2012 season, with illness having hampered her Olympic hopes, Shaw was overjoyed with her consistency and success in 2013, and on receiving her award from RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park, she paid tribute to the team around her who have helped her get back on track this season.


Powerboat pilot rescued after 130mph crash

Click video. Hampshire powerboat pilot Keith Whittle has been rescued from a lake in Cumbria after a 130mph crash. Keith's boat flipped through the air on Coniston Water in the Lake District. Donald Campbell, piloting Bluebird, lost his life on the same lake in 1967.

Keith had just set a new record for the Formula 2 class in his powerboat, Pepstar. He was unhurt but clearly shaken.

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 preparation! Getting ready to sail the Solent

The giant hollowed out pumpkin that is going to be used to sail across the Solent Credit: ITV Meridian

A man planning to cross the Solent in a pumpkin is preparing to set sail!

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

It is fitted with a small motor which will travel at a speed of around 1 or 2 knots.

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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