Nebraska man breaks world record by sailing 11 hours down the Missouri River in a ‘pumpkin boat’

A Nebraska man set a new Guinness World Record by sailing inside a hollowed-out pumpkin 38 miles down the Missouri River..

Breaking the mark just on his 60th birthday, last Saturday duane hansen he was greeted by family and admirers after stepping off the orange “ship” called “Big Berta.”

Hansen told News Channel Nebraska the trip was fraught with danger, as his floating fruit repeatedly filled with water as passing boats sent waves in his direction.

“Ships leave the waves and you have to stop everything and ride with those waves,” he told the outlet. “That was bad,” he added.

Hansen first set his sights on this “feat” after meeting the previous record holder at a fruit-growing seminar in Oregon.

The master gardener grew the giant pumpkin, which weighed 846 pounds, in his own garden for the specific purpose of breaking the 25.5-mile record set in 2018.

“I’m so proud of my dad,” his daughter, Morgan Buchholz, said through tears. “He has always said that you can do whatever you want and how can you not believe someone who goes out and does exactly what he wants and I am very proud.”

His sister, Yvonne Hansen, flew in from San Diego to handle the flurry of paperwork needed to make the attempt Guinness-compliant.

“When we started, it was so fast, like the first five miles didn’t seem like anything,” he told the outlet. “Once we got about 18 miles in, it started to feel like, ‘Wow, this is a long drive.’”

A friend drove a boat with Hansen in case of any mishap, and the trip, which began in Bellevue and ended in the Nebraska city, took a total of 11 hours.

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