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Man sets off on Atlantic crossing in a barrel


Posted on Thursday, 27 December, 2018 | Comment icon 9 comments

Savin will likely be cooped up for months. Image Credit: Facebook / Jean-Jacques Savin
Frenchman Jean-Jacques Savin is hoping to cross the Atlantic using nothing but the current to propel him.
The ambitious 71-year-old has set off from the Canary Islands in a specially built barrel-shaped capsule that has been designed to withstand countless hours of being battered by the waves.

Equipped with a bunk, a kitchen, storage space and even a porthole on the bottom for viewing fish, the unusual vessel features no means of self-propulsion and will simply go where the tide takes it.
Measuring 3 meters long and 2.1 meters wide, it is constructed mainly from resin-coated plywood. Solar panels on the exterior provide sufficient power for communications and a GPS system.

If all goes well, the tide will carry the capsule all the way to the Caribbean over the course of 3 months.

"Maybe [I'll end up in] Barbados, although I would really like it to be a French island like Martinique or Guadaloupe," Savin joked. "That would be easier for the paperwork and for bringing the barrel back."


Source: BBC News | Comments (9)

Tags: Jean-Jacques Savin, Barrel

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by and then on 27 December, 2018, 18:08
Resin coated plywood?  Nope....
Comment icon #2 Posted by spud the mackem on 27 December, 2018, 18:45
The Atlantic in winter is not the place to be rolling around in a barrel , he will be lucky to survive. He obviously has not seen the film "The perfect Storm", I was in the Atlantic at that time on a 47000 ton ship and we were tossed around like a cork ,not a good experience . 
Comment icon #3 Posted by aztek on 27 December, 2018, 18:57
yea it will be a rough ride, but i think he has a good chance to make it.   few inches thick plywood reinforced with fiberglass and resin, will stand up just fine, that is how many ocean going yachts are made. marine grade plywood is very strong,  does not even compare to plywood used in  construction.  that is assuming he wont hit anything,
Comment icon #4 Posted by and then on 27 December, 2018, 19:01
Waves have been known to crush steel structures on ships.  The amount of force they can exert is incredible.  I wish him good luck, he's braver than I am.
Comment icon #5 Posted by aztek on 27 December, 2018, 19:03
yes, it is all about the shape, flat cylinder, or a box would be a lot less rigid and strong.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by lightly on 27 December, 2018, 21:51
Good luck buddy!    i guess he's thinking the currents move faster in winter?....otherwise I ,personally, might have considered going in summer?
Comment icon #7 Posted by curiouse on 28 December, 2018, 4:33
Let’s hope that in a few weeks he doesn’t need a full scale Recue operation. At the cost of to The Tax payers of the world.  Hey I’m all up for adventure but when things go wrong He should be responsible . it’s his price to pay not ours.
Comment icon #8 Posted by spud the mackem on 28 December, 2018, 18:26
I wouldn't say he is brave ,more like incredibly stupid , and at 71 yrs old his body is not as pliable ,no doubt he will have to be rescued ,unless he disappears .
Comment icon #9 Posted by RoofGardener on 28 December, 2018, 18:29
Excellent.  One down. Just another 67 million, 119 thousand nine hundred and ninety nine to go !  


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