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Truck Of The ‘Ear’ | Georgia Strong Man | World Record

A Georgian strongman has apparently set a new world record for pulling a truck with his ear.

Lasha Pataraya pulled a truck weighing more than eight tonnes for 21.5 metres on Thursday.

He said: “I am very happy that I have set the sixth world record.

“It took me two months to prepare for this record. I will prepare more and will set more records for the delight of my fans.”

A special commission was invited to monitor the event in the town of Rustavi.Organisers said the result will be sent to the Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking feats.

Pataraya has previously pulled a helicopter that weighed seven tonnes.

Snoopy Sloop |Toy boat to set off on Atlantic crossing | Sailing

A retired Nato scientist will this week launch his toy boat on what he hopes will be the first unmanned trip across the Atlantic.

Robin Lovelock has spent four years developing a craft which he believes can survive the 6,000 mile journey.

The Snoopy Sloop is only 4ft long, weighs just 30lbs and is held together in parts by bathroom light cord, reports the Daily Telegraph.

But it has already demonstrated its endurance, having completed more than 5,000 miles of almost continuous sailing, on Bray Lake, near Windsor, over seven months.

Now it faces a more testing voyage, battling the seas, and possibly storms, of the North Atlantic, despite being a fraction of the size of shipping which normally makes the winter crossing.

Mr Lovelock, 65, built the boat in the games room of his house in Sunninghill, Berkshire, from off-the-shelf parts scoured from the internet at a cost of less than £450.

The boat will be powered by the wind, but navigated by a solar-powered computer and GPS system.

These will steer the boat on a route along the Channel, then south towards the Azores to catch the trade winds to the Bahamas and onwards to land near where the Pilgrim Fathers came ashore at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Mr Lovelock has been assisted by a group of friends, he has described as his “Last of the Summer Wine” team, including a former veteran of the Robot Wars BBC television show.

“I got hooked about four years ago,” he said. “I didn’t even play with model boats when I was a boy. I sometimes tinker on the boat in the lounge, but am usually banished to the games room by my wife.”

The attempt is being made as part of an international contest, the Microtransat Challenge, to become the first to send an unmanned boat from south of Ireland to the Bahamas.


Team Hoyt: Sports Incredible Father & Son An Inspirational Story

Team Hoyt is a father (Dick Hoyt, born June 1, 1940) and son (Rick Hoyt, born January 10, 1962) team from Holland, Massachusetts, who have competed together in various athletic endeavors, including marathons and triathlons. Rick has cerebral palsy and during competition Dick pulls Rick in a special boat as they swim, carries him in a special seat in the front of a bicycle, and pushes him in a special wheelchair as they run. Team Hoyt was inducted to the Ironman Hall of Fame in 2008.

As of November 2011, the Hoyts had competed in 1069 endurance events, including 69 marathons and six Ironman triathlons. They had run the Boston Marathon 29 times. Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days.

They also compete in triathlons. For the swim portion of the triathlon, Dick uses a rope attached to his body to pull Rick sitting in a boat. For the cycle portion, Rick rides on the front of a specially designed tandem bike. For the run portion, Dick pushes Rick in his wheelchair.

Rick turned 50 in 2012 and Dick will be 72. As they speak and travel more, they are racing less. At the beginning of their career, they participated in 50 races per year but now aim for 20-25 races per year. They still say they don’t see an end in sight yet.

“When my dad and I are out there on a run, a special bond forms between us,” says Rick Hoyt, with the help of his computer voice program. “And it feels like there is nothing dad and I cannot do.”

Team Hoyt official website Here

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