Frenchman, 71, on journey to Caribbean in huge orange barrel


A 71-yr-previous Frenchman has embarked on an epic journey throughout the Atlantic on a barrel-shaped capsule heading towards the Caribbean.

Jean-Jacques Savin established off from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands and is hoping to finish the journey in the orange vessel, which will use ocean currents to propel by itself, in about 3 months.

He is anticipating to travel 2,800 miles (4,500km) and fall markers from the 3m (10ft) extended, 2.1m (7ft) vast resin-coated plywood craft to help oceanographers study currents in the Atlantic Ocean.

The markers will aid the international marine observatory, JCOMMOPS, analyze currents in the sea. Mr Savin himself will be the issue of a analyze on the effects of solitude in close confinement.

Impression: Jean-Jacques Savin has stashed away a block of fois gras for New Year’s Eve

“The weather is terrific – I have received a swell of a single metre and I’m moving at two or a few kilometres an hour,” the former military parachutist explained to AFP above the cellphone.

“For the time becoming my capsule is behaving really, really well and I have bought favourable winds forecast until Sunday.”

Mr Savin, also a previous pilot and national park ranger, had been operating on his capsule in a shipyards in Ares, a small commune on France’s southwest coast.

It has been heavily reinforced to resist waves and possible orca whale assaults.

The Frenchman set off from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands
Impression: The Frenchman set off from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands

The vessel, which weighs 450kg (990lb) when vacant, comprises of a 6-square-metre area finish with a kitchen area, sleeping bunk and area for storage.

Mr Savin will be equipped to hold himself entertained on his travels with a porthole in the ground, which he can use to see the passing fish.

He has also stashed absent a block of fois gras and bottle of Sauternes white wine in preparation for New Year’s Eve, as very well as a bottle of pink Saint-Emilion for his 72nd birthday on 14 January.

Even the wine will be issue to a review comparing bottles saved on board to those people back on dry land. Scientists will glimpse at the effect that months of becoming shaken by waves has on the alcoholic beverages.

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The adventurer hopes currents will shift him by the ocean without the need of a sail or oars, with him “possibly” ending up in Barbados.

Having said that, he did say he would prefer to achieve a French island like Martinique or Guadeloupe.

“That would be much easier for the paperwork and for bringing the barrel back again,” stated Mr Savin.

Mr Savin’s €60,000 (£54,000) spending budget for the trip has been partly crowdfunded and lined by barrel-makers.


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