12-27-2018 | News
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71-Year-Old Frenchman Attempts To Cross Atlantic In A Barrel With Foie Gras, Wine
Armed with a lot of daring spirit, sense of adventure and fortified with a block of foie gras and a bottle of Sauternes, a Frenchman has made the bold, if not reckless, move to set off to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, relying on currents alone to propel him.
Another interesting fact is he’s doing so at this point in his life- when he is all of 71 years old. Jean-Jacques Savin took off from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands on Wednesday to head toward the Caribbean, with around 3,000 nautical miles distance. He hopes to reach his destination in as little as three months only.
He is riding in a screaming, bright orange barrel-shaped capsule which also contains a sleeping bunk, kitchen, and storage.
Savin is confident that the ocean currents alone will be enough to carry his resin-coated plywood vessel about 4, 500 km or 2,800 miles to the Caribbean.
Savin says that the capsule has been designed to resist waves and potential attacks by orca whales. There is also a solar panel that generates power for communications purposes and GPS positioning. At the same time, there is a porthole on the floor so he can also enjoy watching passing fish.
The man behind the unique journey is a former military paratrooper. He has also worked as a park ranger and a pilot.
Savin is relying on a $68,000 budget to see his sea voyage through. The money was raised through crowdfunding.
He is being kept company- and invigorated- by the thought of what he’s bringing with him in his journey aside from his courage and spirit - a block of foie gras and a bottle of Sauternes white whine which he will consume to celebrate New Year’s Eve. He also has a bottle of red wine for his 72nd birthday while sailing on January 14.
So far, he says the weather has been great, with the winds being favorable to him. Updates about his voyage are also being posted on a Facebook page to keep everyone in the know. His last message says the barrel was “behaving well.”
Savin will also be dropping markers along the way to help oceanographers study currents.
Social media users are just as amazed by the unique adventure Savin is undertaking and wishing him well.
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