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Guinness World Records logo, with some records set near our Fowey hotel

As we all know, Cornwall is a beautiful place to come and visit, full of breath-taking scenery and excellent food. Did you also know it is home to some weird and wonderful world records? In the first of a two part feature, we decided to have a look at the records which have been set in Cornwall:

First person to sail around the world (solo and non-stop)

On June 14th 1968, Robin Knox-Johnston set sail from Falmouth as a competitor in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and returned just over nine months later on April 22nd 1969. Mr Knox-Johnston was not only the sole competitor to complete the journey, but the first person to circumnavigate the world solo and without stopping. His efforts not only saw him immortalised in the record books, but also knighted in 1995.

Land's End to John-O'-Groats - Fastest journey by mixed team on foot

Team NP Jogle started their journey at 6am on the 28th April 2015 from John-O'-Groats, and embarked on the gruelling 874 mile journey by road. It took the team less than six days to complete their expedition, as they arrived on May 3rd, meaning their journey took a total of five days, 12 hours and 20 minutes.

World's largest pasty

It wouldn't be Cornish records without a pasty in there right? The world's largest pasty was made just a short distance from our Fowey hotel on August 19th 2010 by the Proper Cornish Food Company. Created during the Fowey Festival, the 728kg masterpiece measured an extraordinary 15 feet long and was believed to have been the equivalent of 3,500 standard sized pasties.

Greatest distance travelled by radio-controlled model boat in 24 hours

A bit of a quirkier one to finish with here! Francis Macnaughton built a scale model of the Type 42 Destroyer HMS Gloucester, which he took along to the Bude Model Boat Festival on the 25th June 2001. It was here that the model, piloted by Mike Watts and Paul Ellison, travelled a total distance of 121.6 miles in a 24 hour period, clinching the record.

Thus concludes the first part of our Cornish record breakers; make sure you keep an eye out for part two, showcasing the weird and wonderful side of Cornwall!


Photo courtesy of NicolasPazVal99, under Creative Commons

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