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Man successfully crosses Atlantic in a barrel

By T.K. Randall
May 7, 2019 · Comment icon 8 comments

Savin's 'barrel' is 3 meters long and 2.1 meters wide. Image Credit: Facebook / Jean-Jacques Savin
Frenchman Jean-Jacques Savin achieved the ambitious ocean crossing in his custom barrel-shaped capsule.
The 71-year-old, who set off on his journey from the Canary Islands on December 26th, 2018, has finally reached the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Eustatius after more than four months at sea.

Equipped with a bunk, a kitchen, storage space and even a porthole on the bottom for viewing fish, his unusual vessel had no means of self-propulsion and simply floated along at the whim of the tide.
Savin, who is no stranger to adventure having previously worked as a military paratrooper, had been hoping to reach his destination by March but ultimately took over a month longer to get there.

His remarkable journey across the Atlantic saw him cover a staggering 2,930 miles.

"Everything has an end... finally, here I am at the end of this adventure," he wrote.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by and then 5 years ago
Just, wow...  I guess he wasn't the seasick type 
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
It's a pretty big barrel looks like it can certainly cope with the rough waters. The barrel had every chance of making it, at 71 when he set off, he was the one at risk. Well done to him.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword 5 years ago
I wouldn't mind doing that just so I wouldn't have to talk to anyone for a while.
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
4 months with no human contact, internet or phone is do-a-ble. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by AllPossible 5 years ago
I would cry tears of joy daily not having to hear my wife.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Still Waters 5 years ago
Glad to see he made it. Well done!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Myles 5 years ago
Pretty cool, but not really a barrel as we think of them.   I imagine you have to be immune to any seasickness because you'd be sloshing around like crazy almost all the time.   Most of your time would be passed reading and that would be tough to do.   
Comment icon #8 Posted by Merc14 5 years ago
He was updating his fan sites and GPS coordinates daily so he must have been connected to the internet through satellites.  Not a lot of time online because he is on batteries and solar I am guessing.

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