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A new record on the pumpkin boat

A new record on the pumpkin boat

A farmer from York sailed 300 meters down the river Ouse on a boat made of a giant pumpkin.

Tom Pearcy went rafting on a pumpkin boat on the eve of Halloween, October 29. The weight of the plants amounted to 619 pounds (97.5 stone). It was launched between the Ouse bridges and the Skeldergate bridges.

The boat will be on exhibition in the York Maze until November 4. There is no record of rafting on such a vessel in the Guinness World Records, so the organization sent an application to the Guinness World Records. They hope that Pearcy will gets on the pages of the book.

But there were attempts on the river in the pumpkin boat in the UK. Dmitry Golitsyn from London set a record for 100 meters. By the second attempt, he installed an electric motor on the pumpkin and sailed across the Solent. Last year, residents of Maine (US) painted plants traditionally for the feast of all saints and staged a costume regatta on pumpkins.  


Information and photos: BBC News