An artist who works with oversized vegetables has crossed the Solent from Gosport to the Isle of Wight in a giant pumpkin powered by an outboard motor. Dmitri Galitzine sourced the 800lb (360kg) squash at the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Show in Lancashire. He left Stokes Bay at 09:00 BST and made the three-mile crossing to Wootton Creek in one hour and 56 minutes.
A spokeswoman said it went so well, Mr Galitzine decided to return in the pumpkin across the water to Portsmouth. Mr Galitzine set a new world record of exactly two minutes for the fastest 100m paddle in another pumpkin – a 600lb (270kg) squash also sourced at the same Mere Brow Show. He had spent several days working with boating experts to create the two pumpkin vessels. The larger pumpkin was fitted with an outboard motor for crossing the Solent – one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes – while the smaller one was hollowed out for the world record paddle attempt.