Brent Rouble had his eyes on breaking the world record by sailing his giant pumpkin from the Sault Ste. Marie to Joseph Island and Hilton Beach .
After paddling his 900 lb pumpkin from the Pine Street Marina Sunday , the giant pumpkin grower had to call it quits around the Echo Bay area.
“I did not break the world record, unfortunately, but I think I set a Canadian record! Lol. For 23km in about 8.5 hours.” Rouble said in a facebook post Sunday night. ” Big thanks to everyone who came out, supported this, and who got together with other community members because of it!”
“It was a tough 23km, without much help from any current. Although I was mentally prepared to be out there another 8 hours, we realized we wouldn’t be able to break the world record with that speed so we called it quits so we could get back before dark.”
Rouble was never alone as he paddled his way east on the St. Mary’s river. A safety crew in other vessels floated along during his voyage.
“It was a lot of fun, and it was so heartwarming to see our community come together for this! I hope this adventure was able to plant a seed of inspiration in someone else, to try something hard!”