With time and talent some things just get better. Earlier this week I picked up a 600-lb pumpkin and transported it to my office. While you may think …”Wow that’s a big Jack-O-Lantern,” I had other ideas for this humongous fruit.
I gathered some friends and colleagues to help me turn this special pumpkin into a boat that I will be paddling in a pumpkin regatta in Sanford, Maine, tomorrow, September 18. We cut off the top of pumpkin and hollowed out enough room for me to get and paddle. In total, we removed 200 seeds which are drying and will be used next year to grow more giants.
Then it was time to decorate. Thanks to Scott Gooding, a talented friend and colleague, my pumpkin-boat now looks more like a snapping turtle than a pumpkin. Now all that’s left is to get in and paddle as quickly as possible.
We expect clear skies and perfect paddling conditions for Saturday. Here are photos my new “turtle” boat. Tomorrow is the first of two Pumpkin Regattas I will be racing in, so hopefully with some paddling experience and good old fashioned luck, me and my turtle pumpkin will win the race. By the way, I have yet to name this huge schooner, so if you have any names, let me know.
If you live in area be sure to stop by and cheer us on. The sailing takes place at 2pm, but there are activities all day long. The rest is up to my paddling experience and some good old fashion “dumb luck”. Stay tuned for racing results next week.