Antti Holmberg, 2012 European Watercross Champion, has reportedly broke a world record for driving a snowmobile on water. Holmberg completed a total distance of 111.9 miles near Ivalo, Finland on July 24th. The ride took him about 3 hours to complete with an average speed of 37.03 mph. The route was from the center of Ivalo to Inari and back, via connecting rivers and lakes.
“The previous Guinness World Record was a mere 40 miles, but someone in Sweden had done 105 miles, so that was the goal”, Holmberg stated.
He prepared his sled with about 15 gallon of gas, of which 5 gallon was in a separate container which enabled on-the-go fill-up. Antti almost ran out of fuel towards the end of his goal, but his team supplied another 1.3 gallon with a water jet. The team also had 2 boats and the snowmobile itself was also equipped with rapidly inflatable pontoons in case he didn’t make it and had to be towed back to shore.
Here’s a You Tube video of this feat (with hundreds of locals cheering him on from shore at the finish line).