Dmitri Galitzine in his pumpkin boat at Portsmouth.
A GIANT pumpkin ferried an artist across The Solent during an attempted world record crossing, yesterday.
Dmitri Galitzine converted a pumpkin into a sea-going craft and hopes to have set two world records in just two days.
He hopes to have set a world record 100 metre dash for paddling on his two-pumpkin craft on Wednesday when he crossed Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth.
But, the main event came when he boarded his 800lb pumpkin for a three-and-a-half mile crossing of The Solent from Gosport to Fishbourne, yesterday (Thursday).
He left Gosport at 8.30am and arrived just before half past ten, much earlier than his expected time of arrival, 11.30am.
Dmitri said: "The pumpkin took on quite a lot of water, so it was a bit nervy."
The makeshift craft was made up of a 800lb pumpkin with the seeds scooped out and two outboards fitted. Plywood was then used to fashion it into a boat.
During the crossing one of the two engines failed, giving him problems.
The 27-year-old said: "I had to pay attention to the ferries and although I had expert advice from Portsmouth, things still felt hairy a few times."
The pumpkin boat reached land at the Victoria Wharf, Fishbourne.
Rachel Leal, assistant manager of the nearby Royal Victoria Yacht Club, said: "It was absolutely fantastic and very eccentric. We were looking out the window and Callum Arnott, the bar manager, said it looks like a massive chest of drawers floating in the water."
The world record attempts have been received by the Guinness Book of Records, but not yet confirmed.
The Solent crossing had no known precedent, while the 100m dash had to be completed in less than threes minutes. Dmitri completed it in 120 seconds and so looks to have achieved both records.