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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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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