Londoner Tom Pearcy recently set a Guinness World Record by sailing in the world’s largest pumpkin boat. He carved the boat out of a 1,364-pound pumpkin. Tom received cheers as his maiden voyage began. He said; “Roman conquerors, Viking invaders, medieval knights, Victorian industrialists and now tourists have all sailed down York’s River Ouse. But never in York’s 2000 year history has anyone ever rowed a giant pumpkin!”
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The idea of carving out these giant gourds and paddling around originated in Windsor, Nova Scotia with Howard Dill and other award winning pumpkin growers. After years of biggest pumpkin contests, they wondered what else they could do. Someone came up with the idea of carving out one of these behemoth gourds and paddle around. They have a regatta every October and they draw upwards of 20,000 spectators.