A MAN has accepted the challenge to travel from Gosport to the Isle of Wight in a pumpkin.
Dmitri Galitzine, from London, will be sailing from Stokes Bay to the Isle of Wight later this week.
Today he tested the vessel which is a hollowed out pumpkin with an engine attached.
It was grown by a farmer in Lancashire.
Dmitri said: ‘I am very excited but nervous about the venture.
‘Going out today made me feel a bit better so I am looking forward to it.
‘I have never done anything like this before and the test-run yesterday was the first time I have been inside it.’
Dmitri hopes to break the world record for the fastest 100m paddled in a pumpkin at a trial which will take place tomorrow.