Meet the man attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel




A 71-year-old Frenchman—armed with a block of foie gras and a bottle of Sauternes– has set off to sail the Atlantic in a barrel.

Jean-Jacques Savin barreled out of El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands on Wednesday and headed towards the Caribbean, some 3,000 nautical miles away, in a vivid orange, barrel-shaped capsule that can use ocean currents alone to propel him, the BBC reported.

He hopes to attain his vacation spot in simply three months, the outlet mentioned.

“The weather is great. I’ve got a swell of one meter (3 feet) and I’m moving at 2-3 kilometers an hour… I’ve got favorable winds forecast until Sunday,” Savin instructed AFP shortly after he set off.

His resin-coated, plywood vessel is powerful sufficient to survive assaults from orca whales and was constructed to face up to fixed battering from the waves. It accommodates a sleeping bunk, kitchen, storage areas and a porthole in the ground Savin can use to watch fish. It additionally has a photo voltaic panel that generates power for communications and GPS positioning and Savin shall be dropping markers alongside his journey to assist oceanographers research currents.

The former navy paratrooper, park ranger and pilot has had some entry to social media and his most up-to-date replace mentioned the barrel was “behaving well” and the journey was off to a easy begin.

His finances for the journey, $68,000, was raised largely by way of crowdfunding. Savin hopes to attain Barbados however would like a French island like Martinique to make paperwork simpler and “for bringing the barrel back.”

As for the foie gras and Sauternes, Savin plans to put it aside for New Year’s Eve. He additionally tucked alongside a bottle of crimson wine for his 72nd birthday on Jan. 14.




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