Thursday, October 26, 2006

Pumpkin races

Giant pumpkins converted into boats have taken to the water for an annual charity sailing regatta.

More commonly used for soups, pies or as halloween lanterns, two huge pumpkins were given outboard motors and raced down Lymington Quay, Hants.

The pumpkin-racers were raising money for the BBC's Children in Need Appeal and the Jubilee Sailing Trust.

But while one of the pumpkins proved unseaworthy, the other was cheered as it motored to victory on Thursday.

The pumpkins were scooped out before being transported to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, where they were lowered into the water for the club's second annual Pumpkin Sailing Regatta.

Outboard motors were attached and it was the largest pumpkin, weighing in at more than 1,000 lbs (450kg), which proved the most buoyant.

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