Distance Record Set by PWC Rider

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Floridian Mike Pagliccia, 44, has achieved the longest distance traveled on a personal watercraft in a 24-hour period.

Pagliccia traveled 624 miles aboard his Sea-Doo GTI 130. He started at 7 a.m. Friday Nov. 7 and finished pwcrecord at 7 a.m. Saturday Nov. 8. His endurance record raised $5000 for the YMCA of Naples. The PWC was provided by Florida Motor Sports.

“It was rough,” Pagliccia told the Naples News. “We had a little snafu near Tarpon Springs when a plastic water bottle got sucked into the intake.”

He said there were times along his journey that his mind began playing tricks on him. “It was totally dark at night, and I couldn’t see a thing,” he said. “At one point, I thought I saw a body listing in the waves, but it turned out to be a buoy. I started seeing things, especially when the moonlight reflected off the waves. I couldn’t see the waves until I was already on them, and there were a few times that I almost lost it and wiped out.”

The World Records Academy says Pagliccia’s new record breaks the record of 604.6 miles set by Croatian Davor Hundic.

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