Guy Pilots Great Pumpkin Across the Boston Harbor

Guy Pilots Great Pumpkin Across the Boston Harbor

 

Whenever autumn rolls around, consumers brace for the pumpkin frenzy to begin – pumpkin food, pumpkin decorations, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin everything.

One event from Boston, Massachusetts, however, propels the seasonal spirit to a whole new level.

31-year-old Christian Ilsley is being hailed for not only growing a 520-pound pumpkin, but rigging it for a voyage across the Boston Harbor.

His notion to do something fantastic with the gourd succeeded, after he piloted the massive veggie-fruit from Jeffries Point to the Fish Pier and back again on Sunday morning.

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“I just wanted to grow the biggest pumpkin I could in my backyard,” Christian Ilsley told Steve Annear from the Boston Globe. “But I was just like, ‘All right, I have got to do something with it that’s insane, or fun.’ And I was like, ‘That would be [expletive] amazing if I crossed the harbor — in a pumpkin.’ ”

Pumpkin regattas, though rare, are not new. Every year in Nova Scotia, Canada, a tiny town holds a race where folks take their orange vessels seriously, as you can see in this video.  The same goes for Maine and Oregon.

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While the hollowed-out Bostonian squash only traveled at about 2 miles per hour, it made the entire journey in a little over an hour. The trip was mostly uneventful, but the intrepid pilot says that he was a bit nervous when his makeshift boat got caught in the wakes of passing yachts, yet remained seaworthy.

Now THAT’S what we call a great pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

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